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HMS Cuckmere (K 299)

PG-104 served only in the Royal Navy.

British River Class Frigate/Patrol Gunboat:

  • Laid down 11 May 1942 as PG-104 at Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Canada
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program
  • Launched 24 October 1942
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy 14 May 1943 and commissioned HMS Cuckmere (K 299)
  • Torpedoed 11 December 1943 by the German submarine U-223 off Bougie, Algeria in the Mediterranean Sea at position 36° 55' N., 03° 01' E
  • Towed to Algiers, but was declared a total loss
  • Repaired at Cantieri Navali, Taranto, Italy
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 6 November 1946 at Brooklyn, NY
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in May 1948 and 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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    PG-104 232k New bow being moved to dock for installation on Cuckmere
    Photo from the booklet “Cantieri Navali di Taranto 1915-1955”
    Francesco De Domenico
    PG-104 611k New bow being welded in place
    Photo from the booklet “Cantieri Navali di Taranto 1915-1955”
    PG-104 68k c. September 1946
    Joe Radigan

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