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HMS Tobago (K 585)
ex-Hong Kong

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Zebra - Tare


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate/British Colony Class Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-189
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-81, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down under a Maritime Commission contract at Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, RI
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program and named Holmes
  • Launched 27 September 1943 and renamed Hong Kong
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy 12 August 1944 and renamed HMS Tobago (K 585)
  • Returned to U.S. custody 13 May 1946
  • Sold for scrap in April 1947 to Boston Metals of Baltimore, MD
  • Scrapping canceled and resold in 1950 to Khedivial Mail Lines of Alexandria, Egypt for use as a passenger vessel
  • Scuttled as a block ship in the Suez Canal in 1956.


  • Displacement 1,246 t.
  • Length 304'
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 14'
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 176
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts, two twin 40mm mounts, nine 20mm, one Hedgehog, eight depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp vertical triple expansion J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    PF-81 & PF-82 385k 25 February 1944
    PF-81 and PF-82 under construction
    Photo from Walsh-Kaiser Company Inc. Report No.11, February 29, 1944, Progress of Construction of 21 S2-S2-AQ1 Frigates
    Paul Silverstone
    Hong Kong
    PF-81 170k
    Proposed Namesake:

    The region of Hong Kong has been inhabited since the Old Stone Age, later becoming part of the Chinese empire with its loose incorporation into the Qin dynasty (221206 BC). Starting out as a farming fishing village and salt production site, it became an important free port and eventually a major international financial center.

    The Qing dynasty ceded Hong Kong to the British Empire in 1842 through the treaty of Nanjing, ending the First Opium War. Hong Kong then became a British crown colony. Britain also won the Second Opium War, forcing the Qing Empire to cede Kowloon in 1860, while leasing the New Territories for 99 years from 1898

    Tommy Trampp
    HMS Tobago (K 585)
    PF-81 142k

    Tobago is an island within the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It is located 35 kilometers (22 mi) northeast of the mainland of Trinidad and southeast of Grenada, about 160 kilometers (99 mi) off the coast of northeast Venezuela. According to the earliest English-language source cited in the Oxford English Dictionary, Tobago bore a name that has become the English word tobacco. The official bird of Tobago is the cocrico

    Tommy Trampp
    PF-81 45k HMS Tobago (K 585) Robert Hurst

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