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HMS Barle (K 298)

PG-103 served only in the Royal Navy.

British River Class Frigate/Patrol Gunboat:

  • Laid down 29 April 1942 as PG-103 at Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Canada
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program
  • Launched 26 September 1942
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy 30 April 1943 and commissioned HMS Barle (K 298)
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 27 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 April 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in March 1947
  • Scrapped.


  • Displacement 1370 t.
  • Length 301.25'
  • Beam 36.5'
  • Draft 13'
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 107
  • Armament: Two 4"/40 mounts, ten 20mm guns, two depth charge tracks, and one hedgehog depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two Admiralty 3-drum express boilers, one 5,500ihp reciprocating vertical triple expansion engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PG-103 55k Original photo: c. 1944
    Replacement photo: HMS Barle (K 298) underway in coastal waters in May, 1944
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection Ministry of Defense Foxhill Collections of Ship's Photographs, Photo No. IWM (FL 1491)
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Mike Green

    There is no DANFS history currently available for PG-103
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    River Class Frigate General Arrangement
    from the Historic Naval Ships Association website
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