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HMS Kilham (BEC 7)
HMS Kilham (Z 07)

PCE-833 was transferred to Great Britain.

PCE-827 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 26 February 1943 as PC-833 by the Pullman Standard Car Co., Chicago, IL
  • Reclassified PCE-833 in April 1943
  • Launched 2 August 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britain 9 October 1943 and commissioned HMS Kilham (Z 07)
  • Reclassified BEC-7
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission for disposal in November 1946
  • Returned to U.S. custody in December 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1947
  • Sold in 1949 to S/A Investment (Fylkesbaatane i Sogne og Fjordane, Mgrs.) of Bergen, Norway and converted to a passenger ship
  • Renamed M/S Sognefjord in 1950
  • Sold in 1958 to Fylkesbataane i Sogne og Fjordane of Bergen
  • Operated on the Norwegian west coast until 1982 then sold to Filmeffekt A/S of Oslo, Norway and renamed Orion
  • Sold in 1984 to K/S Orion Film A/S of Bergen and laid up
  • Sold in 1987 to Matkat OY of Helsingfors, Finland
  • Sold again in 1991 to Orion Risteilyt O/Y of Hamina, Finland and renamed Orion II
  • Sold in 1996 to Jaako Mathias Eriksson of Honduras
  • Sold again in 1997 to an unknown buyer in Thailand and renamed Orient Explorer
  • Currently for sale (October 2019) for $129,000 at Sabah, Malaysia by Global One Yacht Sales, at Wehrlen Brothers Marina, 197 Princeton Ave., Brick, NJ, 08724.


  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    PCE-833 61k Line drawing of PCE-833 Raimo A. Wirrankoski
    HMS Kilham (Z 07)
    PCE-833 22k Freetown, West Africa
    M/S Sognefjord
    Sognefjord 98k Left, the M/S Sognefjord
    © Peter Asklanders
    Raimo A. Wirrankoski
    M/S Orion
    Orion II 68k M/S Orion II
    © Sten Carlsson
    Raimo A. Wirrankoski
    M/S Orient Explorer
    PCE-833 72k 14 September 2004
    Orient Explorer at Langkawi Island, Kuah Bay, Malaysia
    Reinier van de Wetering
    PCE-833 74k
    PCE-833 94k
    PCE-833 46k c. 2019
    Sabah, Malaysia
    Michael Weinert
    Photo added 10 October 2019

    There is no DANFS history available for PCE-833
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