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USS Brisk (PG 89)

Brisk call sign:
Nan - George - Doga - Baker

ex-HMS Flax (K 284)

British Flower Class Corvette/Action Class Patrol Gunboat:

  • Laid down as HMS Flax (K 284) by Kingston Shipbuilding, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Launched 15 June 1942
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy 5 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS Brisk (PG-89), 6 December 1942
  • Attacked German submarine U-732, 1 August 1943, driving her away from Guantanamo-bound convoy NG 376
  • Decommissioned 9 October 1945, and placed in reserve at Charleston, SC
  • Struck from the Naval Register 24 October 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 18 October 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, and one hedgehog depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, 2,750ihp vertical triple expansion Canadian Vickers engine, one shaft.
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    Flower Class Corvette 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
    Naval Historical Center
    Brisk 20k Dave Shirlaw

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