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HMS Snapdragon (K 73)
ex-USS Saucy (PG 65)



Saucy call sign:
Nan - Baker - Dog - William

ex-HMS Arabis (K 73)

Saucy served the Navies of Great Britain and the United States.


British Flower Class Corvette/Temptress Class Patrol Gunboat:

  • Laid down by Harland and Wolff, Ltd., Belfast, Northern Ireland for the French Navy
  • Taken over by the Royal Navy with the fall of France and named HMS Arabis (K 73)
  • Launched 14 February 1940
  • Transferred to the U.S. Navy 30 April 1942 under the Reverse Lend-Lease Program at Belfast and commissioned USS Saucy (PG-65) the same day
  • Decommissioned 20 August 1945 at Chetham, England
  • Returned to the Royal Navy 25 August 1945 and recommissioned into Royal Navy as HMS Snapdragon (K 73)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 17 September 1945
  • Sold into merchantile service in 1947 and renamed SS Katina
  • Renamed SS Tewfik in 1950
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,375 t.
  • Length 205' 2"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 14' 7"
  • Speed 16.5 kts.
  • Complement 87
  • Armament: One 4"/50 gun mount, one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm gun mounts and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 225psi Scotch boilers, one 2,750ihp Harland and Wolff verticle triple expansion engine, one shaft.
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    Saucy 84k Underway in the Atlantic, wearing much-weathered disruptive pattern camouflage Joe Radigan

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