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Alacrity (PG 87)

Alacrity call sign:
Nan - Dog - Roger - Oboe

ex-Cornel (K 278)

British Flower Class Corvette/Action Class Patrol Gunboat:

  • The second Alacrity was laid down as CN305 by the Collingwood Shipyard, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
  • Named Cornel (K 278)
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy 6 January 1942
  • Launched 4 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS Alacrity (PG 87), 10 December 1942
  • Decommissioned 4 October 1945 at Charleston, SC
  • Struck from the Navy list 24 October 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 22 September 1947
  • Sold to Societe Anonima Navigazione Toscana of Livorno, Italy (Cameli group) and renamed Rio Marina
  • Renamed Porto Ferraio (the chief town of Elba Island)
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,375 t.
  • Length 205'
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 14' 7"
  • Speed 16.5 kts.
  • Complement 90
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two 20mm gun mounts and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 240psi 3-drum express boilers, one 2,750ihp Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. verticle triple expansion engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Alacrity (PG 87)
    Alacrity 161k c. 1943
    Boston, MA
    U.S. Coast Guard photo
    Mike Green
    Alacrity 148k
    Alacrity 115k 14 June 1945
    Boston Navy Yard
    Aide de Camp (IX 224) in the foreground
    Boston Navy Yard photo 3087-45
    Maunsel White
    SS Porto Ferraio
    Alacrity 389k Giampaolo Mattera
    Alacrity 75k Photo courtesy of Giampaolo Mattera, retired Captain of the Italian Merchant Marine (Marina Mercantile Italiana) Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT H. M. Godsey, USNR10 December 1942 - July 1943
    02LCDR Richard Foster Rea, USCGJuly 1943 - 1944
    03LT Thomas Avery Cosgrove, USCG1944 - 1945
    04LT Ralph Anthony McCurdie, USCGR1945 - 8 October 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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