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Action (PG 86)
ex-Comfrey (K 277)
ex CN-304

Action call sign:
November - Zulu - Bravo - Charlie

British Flower Class Corvette/Action Class Patrol Gunboat:

  • Built by Collingwood Shipbuilding, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada (YN 105)
  • Contracted, 06 October 1941
  • Laid down as CN-304, 06 January 1942
  • Named HMS Comfrey (K 277)
  • Launched, 28 July 1942
  • Renamed Action, 13 August 1942
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy, 21 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Action (PG-86), 22 November 1942
  • Decommissioned at Charleston, SC, 06 September 1945
  • Struck from the Naval register, 17 September 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, October 1945
  • Sold to Jonassons Rederier, Helsingborg, Sweden, as Action, 06 February 1946
  • Sold to Johs. Presthus, Bergen, Norway, renamed Arne Presthus, August 1951
  • Converted to cargo carrier and dieselized with 6-cylinder MAN diesel, 1952
  • Sold to Orri Navigation Lines, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, renamed Star of Mariam, 1967
  • Sold to Fontana Shipping Co., Ltd., Famagusta, Cyrpus, renamed Star of Beirut, 1971
  • Final disposition, wrecked on reef near Ashrafi Lighthouse in Gulf of Suez


  • Displacement 1375 t.
  • Length 205'
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 14' 7"
  • Speed 16.5 kts.
  • Complement 90
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose mounts, two 20mm guns, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors and one hedgehog depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, 2,750ihp vertical triple expansion Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Flower Class Corvette 168k "Escort Vessel (Corvette) - (Flower Class) - With Extended Forecastle, Increased Sheer, & Fuller Lines Fwd."
    U.S. Navy preliminary design plan, copied from Smith Dock Co., Ltd., Drawing No. 232. This plan, dated April 1941, is for a modification of the British "Flower" class corvette. Scale of the original drawing is not given, but appears to be 1/16" = 1'.
    The original plan is in the 1939-1944 "Spring Styles Book" held by the Naval Historical Center.
    U.S. Navy photo S-511-30
    Naval Historical Center
    62k As Arne Presthus, date and location unknown.
    photo via
    John Spivey

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Kendall Read, USN22 November 1942 - 14 June 1943
    02LCDR Ralph David Dean, USCG14 June 1943 - 7 September 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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