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HMS Cayman (K 506)

PF-78 served only in the British Navy

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-186
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-78, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down under a Maritime Commission contract at Welsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, RI
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program, named Harland and launched 6 September 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned HMS Cayman (K 506), 20 January 1944
  • Returned to U.S. custody 23 April 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold for scrap 1 July 1947 to United Dock Corp. of New York, NY
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists sales date as May 1947.


  • Displacement 1,190 t.
  • Length, 303' 11"(oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 190
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts , nine 20mm guns, one Hedgehog depth charge projector; eight Y-gun depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Three boilers, two 5,500 iHP turbines, two shafts.
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    Harland 211k P. J. Cook
    Harland 74k

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