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HMS Kilmartin (BEC 12)
ex-HMS Kilmartin (Z 12)

PCE-838 was transferred to Great Britain

PCE-827 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 4 May 1943 by the Pullman Standard Car Co., Chicago, IL
  • Launched 13 October 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britain 11 December 1943 and commissioned HMS Kilmartin (Z 12)
  • Reclassified BEC-12
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission for disposal in November 1946
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody in December 1946
  • Sold in 1947 to Greek buyers (believed to be Marigoula Mitsiou and Co. of Piraeus, Greece) and named Marigoula
  • Sold in 1969 to Zacharis Brothers and M. Vassilios Co. of Piraeus
  • Broken up 12 June 1969 at Aspropyrgos, Greece.


  • 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 projector (hedge hogs)
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    HMS Kilmartin (BEC 12)
    PCE-838 81k c. 1944
    Freetown, Sierra Leone
    Joe Radigan
    MV Marigoula
    PCE-838 140k c. 1958/1959
    Kaštelanski Zaljev (Kaštelanski Bay) near Split, Croatia
    Torsten Hagnéus

    There is no DANFS history available for PCE-838
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