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HMS Kilchattan (BEC 3)

PCE-829 was transferred to Great Britain.

PCE-827 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 7 December 1942 as PC-829 by the Pullman Standard Car Co., Chicago, IL
  • Reclassified PCE-829 in April 1943
  • Launched 27 May 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britain 16 August 1943 and commissioned HMS Kilchattan (Z 03)
  • Reclassified BEC-3
  • Laid up, in reserve 12 July 1945 at Sheerness, England
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission for disposal in November 1946
  • Returned to U.S. Navy in December 1946 (on paper only)
  • Struck from the Navy Register in 1947
  • Sold in 1947 to Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab (Stavanger Steamship Company), Stavanger, Norway, converted to a passenger ferry and renamed Stavanger
  • Sold to Finland and renamed Kong Sverre
  • Renamed Capri Corne
  • Scrapped in Finland.


  • Displacement 640 t.
  • Length 180' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 8"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 100
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, three 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge projectors (hedgehogs)
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PCE-829 84k 27 May 1943
    At the moment the picture was taken Col. Mower was saying "I never pinned a medal on a chest like this before." Thought you might like to know that tidbit of history. People weren't so easily offended in those days
    From the collection of Armida (Nosalik) Bonzani
    Ray Bonzani
    PCE-829 208k Chicago, IL (27 May 1943) Mrs. Armida Nosalik, receiving the Distinguish Flying Cross and the Purple Heart, posthumously awarded to her flier husband who was killed in the Solomon’s, from Colonel Clarence T. Mower, U.S. Army Air Corps (left), Commanding Officer of the Kellogg Air Field, Battle Creek, Michigan while Captain Wallace R. Dowd, USN (center), Supervisor of Naval Shipbuilding in the Chicago Area, looks on. Mrs. Nosalik, a lathe operator in the Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company’s shipbuilding Division, christened the third submarine patrol vessel launched by the company at the Chicago Shipyards, from the same platform, immediately after the medal presentation. The vessel launched, USS PCE-829, was later turned over to the British Royal Navy
    Photo courtesy of Acme Newspictures
    Bill Gonyo
    PCE-829 102k Newspaper article
    From the collection of Armida (Nosalik) Bonzani
    Ray Bonzani
    PCE-829 65k Corporal Henry C. Nosalik, USAAF
    From the collection of Armida (Nosalik) Bonzani
    PCE-829 110k 27 May 1943
    Members of the christening party
    From the collection of Armida (Nosalik) Bonzani
    PCE-829 59k 27 May 1943
    Mrs. Armida Nosalik christening PCE-829
    From the collection of Armida (Nosalik) Bonzani
    PCE-829 86k 27 May 1943
    After launching
    From the collection of Armida (Nosalik) Bonzani
    HMS Kilchattan (BEC 3)
    Kilchatten 35k c. 1943 J. Irish

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