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HMS Antigua (K 501)

PF-73 served only in the Royal Navy

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate/British Colony Class Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-181
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-73, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down under a Maritime Commission contract at Welsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, RI
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program and named Hamond
  • Renamed Antigua and launched 26 July 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned HMS Antigua (K 501), 4 November 1943
  • Returned to U.S. custody 2 May 1946
  • Sold in August 1947 for scrap to the Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. of Chester, PA.


  • Displacement 1,246 t.
  • Length 304'
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 14'
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 190
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm guns, one Hedgehog depth charge projector; eight Y-gun depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Three boilers, two 5,500 iHP turbines, two shafts.
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    PF-73 136k

    Antigua, also known as Waladli or Wadadli by the native population, is an island in the West Indies. It is one of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region and the main island of the country of Antigua and Barbuda

    Tommy Trampp
    PF-73 55k Original photo: Photo from Atlantic Escorts: Ships, Weapons and Tactics in World War II, by David K. Brown
    Replacement photo: c. 1944
    Royal Navy photo from the Imperial War Museum photo FL 821
    Robert Hurst
    PF-73 167k Imperial War Museum photo A22705 Paul Silverstone
    PF-73 72k Moored alongside the depot ship HMS Sandurst (F 92) at Greenock, Scotland on April 1, 1944
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Beadell, S.J. (Lt), Photo No. IWM (A 22706)
    Mike Green
    PF-73 46k Anchored at Greenock, Scotland on April 26, 1944
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Beadell, S.J. (Lt), photo IWM (A 23046)

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