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USS Impulse (PG 68)



Impulse call sign:
Nan - George - Charlie - Mike

ex-HMS Begonia (K 66)


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

British Flower Class Corvette/Temptress Class Patrol Gunboat:

  • Laid down as HMS Begonia (K 66) by Cook, Welton and Gemmill, Hull (Beverly), England
  • Launched 18 September 1940
  • Transferred to the U.S. Navy and commissioned USS Impulse (PG-68), 10 March 1942 at London, England
  • Decommissioned 22 August 1945 at Harwich, England and returned to the Royal Navy
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 September 1945
  • Sold 22 July 1946 and renamed Begonlock
  • Sold in 1949 to Luzuriag Shipyards of Abaltzisketa, Spain and renamed Fundiciones Molinao
  • Renamed Astiluzu in 1951
  • Acquired by Naviera Compostela S.A. and renamed Rio Mero in 1956
  • Ran aground 21 January 1970 off Almeria, Spain and foundered
  • Scrapped in place.

    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 Charles D. Holmes verticle triple expansion engine, one shaft.
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    HMS Begonia (K 66)
    Impulse 72k c. 1941
    Line drawing of HMS Begonia
    Joe Radigan
    USS Impulse (PG 68)
    Impulse 29k . Walter Laurence Welch
    via David L. Welch
    Impulse 91k c. September 1941
    Photo by Lieutenant S. J. Beadell, official Royal Navy photographer
    Imperial War Museum photo No. A5483 from collection No. 4700-01
    Robert Hurst
    Impulse 116k 27 August 1942
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    Impulse 74k
    Impulse 106k
    SS Rio Mero
    Impulse 119k c. January 1970 Wrecksite.eu website

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