HMS Milfoil (K288)

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USS Intensity (PG-93).jpg
HMS Milfoil after her transfer to the US Navy
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Milfoil
Namesake: Achillea millefolium
Laid down: November 1941
Launched: 5 August 1942
Fate: Transferred to the United States Navy
Career (United States)
Name: USS Intensity (PG-93)
Commissioned: 31 March 1943
Decommissioned: 3 October 1945
Fate: Sold to Balleneros Ltd. of Panama
Career (Panama)
Name: Olympic Promoter
Acquired: 1950
Fate: Transferred to a Japanese Company
Career (Japan)
Name: Otori Maru №5
Acquired: 1965
Fate: unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: Flower-class corvette
Displacement: 1375 tons
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draught: 14 ft 7 in (4.45 m)
Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers driving a Canadian Vickers VTE engine
Speed: 16.5 knots
Complement: 90
Armament: 1 × 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts

HMS Milfoil was a modified Flower-class corvette that served in the Royal Navy and the United States Navy (as USS Intensity (PG-93)) before being transferred to Panama where she served as a whaling ship.

During most of World War II, she operated from New York on escort duty to the Caribbean. She completed 15 escort runs in this role. As the USS Intensity, she was designated an Action-class patrol gunboat and manned by the United States Coast Guard. She was put on patrol in New York for a month in 1944 but was later returned to escort duty in the Caribbean.

After the threat from German attack disappeared in May 1945, USS Intensity sailed to Charleston, South Carolina, arriving on 29 June 1945. She was decommissioned later that year in Charleston and put into the trust of the United States Maritime Commission.

In 1950, she was sold to a Panamanian company, Balleneros Ltd., where she was used as a whaler called Olympic Promoter. She was then sold to a Japanese Company and renamed Otori Maru № 5.

Her fate is unknown, but a ship called Otori Maru № 5 was previously listed under the Mongolian flag of convenience. That entry has since been removed. [1]

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