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HMS Statice (K 281)
ex-Vim (PG 99)

Vim served only in the Royal Navy.

British Flower Class Corvette/Action Class Patrol Gunboat:

  • Laid down in 1943 as Vim (PG 99) for the U.S. Navy at Collingwood Shipyard, Ontario, Canada
  • Launched 1 April 1943
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy 10 April 1943 under the Lend-Lease Program
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy 20 September 1943 and commissioned HMS Statice (K-281)
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 21 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold 7 May 1947
  • Scrapped in 1961 at Hamburg, Germany.


  • Displacement 1,375 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 240psi 3-drum express boilers, one 2,750ihp vertical triple expansion Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. 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
    Vim 81k Moored alongside HMS Louis (K 515Louis (DE 517) Nick Tiberio
    Photo added 2 February 2021

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