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HMS Tortola (K 595)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Victor - Xray


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate/British Colony Class Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-199
  • Reclassified a Patrol Frigate, PF-91, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 16 October 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract at Welsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, RI
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Program and named Peyton
  • Launched 16 November 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy and as HMS Tortola (K-595), 15 May 1944
  • Returned to U.S. custody 22 May 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission 17 June 1947 for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register 3 July 1946
  • Sold for scrap to John J. Duane Co. of Quincy, MA
  • Resold 17 January 1947 to Washburn Wire Co. of Philppsdale, RI
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists sales date as February 1947
  • Scrapped 10 September 1947.


  • 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-92, PF-88, PF-85, PF-87 & PF-91 355k 25 February 1944
    PF-92, PF-88, PF-85, PF-87 and PF-91 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
    HMS Tortola (K 595)
    Peyton 80k

    Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, a group of islands that form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands. It has a surface area of 55.7 square kilometers (21.5 square miles) with a total population of 23,908, with 9,400 residents in Road Town. Mount Sage is its highest point at 530 meters (1,740 feet) above sea level

    Tommy Trampp
    Peyton 72k Replacement photo: Off Greenock, Scotland
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection by Coote, R.G.G. (Lt), Photo No. IWM(A 25716)
    Original photo: Roger Parnell
    Replacement photo: Mike Green

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