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St. Helena (PF 86)
ex-HMS St. Helena (K-590)

St. Helena served only in the Royal Navy.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate/British Colony Class Corvette:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-194
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, Pasley (PF 86), 15 April 1943
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program 10 June 1943 and named Pasley
  • Laid down 22 September 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1668) at Welsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, RI
  • Launched 20 October 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned HMS St. Helena (K-590), 19 February 1944
  • Returned to U.S. custody 8 April 1946 at Norfolk, VA and temporarily placed on the list of vessels on hand as St. Helena (PF 86)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 1 April 1947 for disposal
  • Sold for scrap 1 July 1947 to Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. of Chester, PA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists sales date as April 1947
  • Scrapped 28 October 1947.


  • Displacement 1,318 t.
  • Length 304'
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 120
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, four 40mm gun mounts, four 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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