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HMS Tobago (K 585)
ex-Hong Kong

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Zebra - Tare


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-189
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-81, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down under a Maritime Commission contract at Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, RI
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program and named Holmes
  • Launched 27 September 1943 and renamed Hong Kong
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy 12 August 1944 and renamed HMS Tobago (K 585)
  • Returned to U.S. custody 13 May 1946
  • Sold for scrap in April 1947 to Boston Metals of Baltimore, MD
  • Scrapping canceled and resold in 1950 to Khedivial Mail Lines of Alexandria, Egypt for use as a passenger vessel
  • Scuttled as a block ship in the Suez Canal in 1956.


  • Displacement 1,246 t.
  • Length 304'
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 14'
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 176
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts, two twin 40mm mounts, nine 20mm, one Hedgehog, eight depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp vertical triple expansion J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    PF-81 & PF-82 385k 25 February 1944
    PF-81 and PF-82 under construction
    Photo from Walsh-Kaiser Company Inc. Report No.11, February 29, 1944, Progress of Construction of 21 S2-S2-AQ1 Frigates
    Paul Silverstone
    HMS Tobago (K 585)
    PF-81 45k HMS Tobago (K 585) Robert Hurst

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