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HMS Cayman (K 506)

PF-78 served only in the British Navy

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate/British Colony Class 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 1,246 t.
  • Length 304'
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 14'
  • 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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    PF-78 132k

    The Cayman Islands is an autonomous British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea. The 264-square-kilometer (102-square-mile) territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, which are located to the south of Cuba and northeast of Honduras, between Jamaica and Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. The capital city is George Town on Grand Cayman, which is the most populous of the three islands

    Tommy Trampp
    Harland 211k P. J. Cook
    Harland 74k

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