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Lorain (PF 93)
ex-Roanoke (PF 93)

Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Peter - Able

ex-Roanoke (PG 201)

Lorain served the Navies of the United States and France.

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as the Patrol Gunboat, Roanoke (PG-201)
  • Redesignated a Patrol Frigate, PF-93, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 25 October 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract at American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio
  • Renamed Lorain, 7 February 1944
  • Launched 18 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS Lorain (PF-93), 15 January 1945 at Baltimore, MD
  • Decommissioned 14 March 1946 at Boston, MA
  • Sold to France 26 March 1947 and renamed La Place (F 13)
  • Sunk by a mine 16 September 1950 off St. Malo, France.


  • 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, two twin 40mm mounts, nine 20mm mounts, one Hedgehog, eight depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp Valley Iron Works vertical triple-expansion engines, two shafts.
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    USS Lorain (PF 93)
    Lorain 42k Under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Lorain 283k Launching, 18 March 1944. Original photo: Russ Hartley
    Replacement photo: David Wright
    Lorain 49k c. 1944
    Departing Lorain, Ohio
    Murray Thompson
    Lorain 382k c. June 1945
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Moored outboard of SS William James
    U.S. Army Signal Corps from the National Archives
    David Upton
    Covington 91k Covington (PF 56), at left, and Lorain docked at New York City, 1946. The original photograph is dated 11 May 1946, when the ships were on loan to the U.S.
    Coast Guard
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 79870
    Mike Green
    La Place (F 13)
    Lorain 56k
    Lorain 313k 16 September 1950
    Associated press article on the sinking of La Place
    Robert Cressman
    Lorain 173k 16 September 1950
    Associated press article on the sinking of La Place
    Robert Cressman
    Lorain 150k 31 May 1998
    Artist's depiction of La Place's hulk

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