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Beaufort (PF-59)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Yoke - Xray


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) The third Beaufort was originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-167
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-59, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 21 July 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract at Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin
  • Launched 9 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS Beaufort (PF-59), 28 August 1944
  • Decommissioned 19 April 1946 at Norfolk, VA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 21 May 1946
  • Turned over to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission and sold for scrap 11 April 1947 to the Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. of Chester, PA.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11" (oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 176
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts (For those frigates fitted out for weather patrol duty, the after 3-inch gun was removed and a weather balloon hanger was added aft), two twin 40mm mounts,
    nine 20mm mounts, one Hedgehog depth charge projector, eight depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp J. Hendy Iron Works steam engines, two shafts.
    Four men died in service aboard and remain on duty

    F1c Luther Jackson Miller USCG, 17 September 1945
    MM3c James Franklin Roberts USCGR, 17 September 1945
    MM2c Frederick Avery Young USCG, 17 September 1945
    S1c Vincent Thomas Zorbo USCG, 17 September 1945

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    Beaufort 53k Off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, on 6 September 1944
    Photographs from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives
    National Archives photos 19-N-70770, 19-N-70771 and 19-N-70772
    Naval Historical Center
    Beaufort 53k
    Beaufort 53k
    Beaufort 53k Fantail awash in heavy North Atlantic seas. Patrol Frigates were considered to have better seakeeping qualities than the larger Destroyer Escorts Joseph M. Lobo, ex-CM2/c, USCG and Jordynne Olivia Lobo, ex-AG3, USNR.

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR George Roland Boyce, Jr., USCG28 August 1944
    02LT/LCDR Bernhard Russell Henry, USCGSeptember 1944 - 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

    View the Beaufort (PF 59) Crew Photos
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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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