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HMS Honesty (K 285)
ex-Caprice (PG 90)

British Flower Class Corvette/Action Class Patrol Gunboat:

  • Laid down as CN-308 by the Kingston Shipbuilding Co., Kingston, Ontario, Canada for the U.S. Navy
  • Named and designated as a Patrol Gunboat, Caprice (PG 90)
  • Launched 28 September 1942
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program 28 May 1943 and renamed and reclassified HMS Honesty (K 285)
  • Returned to U.S. custody 5 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 20 March 1946
  • Sold 10 December 1946
  • Scrapped at Hamburg, Germany in 1961.


  • Displacement 900 t.
  • Length 205'
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 14' 7"
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 109
  • Armament: One 102mm mount, one 2-pounder, one Hedgehog, four depth charge guns and two depth charge chutes
  • Propulsion: One 4-cylinder triple expansion engine, one shaft
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    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


    A whim.

    The second Caprice (PG-90), formerly CN-308, was launched 28 September 1942, by Kingston Shipbuilding Co., Kingston, Ontario, Canada, for the United States Navy. Upon completion, Caprice was transferred to the Royal Navy on 28 May 1943 and commissioned as HMS Honesty. On 5 January 1946 she was returned to the United States Navy. Never commissioned in the United States Navy, Caprice was sold on 10 December 1946.



    A British name retained. A common garden plant with large purple flowers.

    Caprice (PG-90) (q.v.) was renamed HMS Honesty upon transfer to the United Kingdom under lend-lease 28 May 1943.

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