Specifications: Displacement 1375 t; Length 205'; Beam 33'; Draft 14' 7"; Speed 16.5 kts; Complement 90; Armament two 3"/50 dual purpose mounts, two 20mm guns, two dct, four dcp, one hedgehog dcp; Propulsion two 3-drum express boilers, 2,750ihp vertical triple expansion Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. engine, one shaft.
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|168k||"Escort Vessel (Corvette) - (Flower Class) - With Extended Forecastle, Increased Sheer, & Fuller Lines Fwd."
U.S. Navy preliminary design plan, copied from Smith Dock Co., Ltd., Drawing No. 232. This plan, dated April 1941, is for a modification of the British "Flower" class corvette. Scale of the original drawing is not given, but appears to be 1/16" = 1'.
The original plan is in the 1939-1944 "Spring Styles Book" held by the Naval Historical Center.
U.S. Navy photo S-511-30
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A town in Dutchess County, N.Y., located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, that drew its name from Mount Beacon, a nearby promontory from which American observers signaled reports of British ship movements during the War for Independence. Beacon was selected as the name for patrol gunboat PG 88 as an “action” name; PG 99 was selected to honor the town.
On 14 August 1942, the name Beacon was approved for PG 88, a modified “Flower” class corvette being built at Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Records indicate that Beacon was to have been accepted under “reverse lend lease,” commissioned in Canada and then taken to the Boston Navy Yard for outfitting. Assigned, first, to the United Kingdom on 30 January 1943 but reassigned to the U.S. Navy on 7 March 1943, she was reassigned again to the Royal Navy on 31 May 1943 and commissioned as HMS Dittany, her original British name. She served under that name for the rest of the war.
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