HMS Pitcairn (K589)

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Career (United States)
Name: USS Piflord (PG-193)
Namesake: British name assigned in anticipation of ship's transfer to United Kingdom
Reclassified: Patrol frigate, PF-85, 15 April 1943
Builder: Walsh-Kaiser Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Laid down: 14 September 1943[1]
Renamed: Pitcairn, 1943
Namesake: The Pitcairn Islands
Launched: 15 October 1943
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom 6 July 1944
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 11 June 1946
Struck: 3 July 1946
Fate: Sold for scrapping 5 November 1947
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Pitcairn (K589)
Namesake: Pitcairn Island
Acquired: 6 July 1944
Commissioned: 7 July 1944[1]
Fate: Returned to United States 11 June 1946
General characteristics
Class & type: Colony-class frigate/Tacoma-class patrol frigate
Displacement: 1,264 long tons (1,284 t)
Length: 303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)
Beam: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
Propulsion: 3 × boilers
2 × turbines, 5,500 shp (4,100 kW) each
2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 190
Armament: • 3 × single 3 inch/50 AA guns
• 2 × twin 40 mm guns
• 9 × single 20 mm
• 1 × Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
• 8 × Y gun depth charge projectors
• 2 × depth charge racks

HMS Pitcairn (K589) was a Colony-class frigate of the United Kingdom that served during World War II. She originally was ordered by the United States Navy as the Tacoma-class patrol frigate USS Pilford (PF-85) and was transferred to the Royal Navy prior to completion.

Construction and acquisition[edit]

The ship, originally designated a "patrol gunboat," PG-193, was ordered by the United States Maritime Commission under a U.S. Navy contract as USS Pilford. She was reclassified as a "patrol frigate," PF-85, on 15 April 1943 and laid down by the Walsh-Kaiser Company at Providence, Rhode Island, on 14 September 1943.[1] Intended for transfer to the United Kingdom, the ship was renamed Pitcairn by the British prior to launching and was launched on 15 October 1943.

Service history[edit]

Transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 6 July 1944, the ship was commissioned by the Royal Navy on 7 July 1944[1] as HMS Pitcairn (K589). She served on patrol and escort duty.

Disposal[edit]

The United Kingdom returned Pitcairn to the U.S. Navy on 11 June 1946. She was stricken from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register on 3 July 1946 and transferred for disposal to the U.S. Maritime Commission, which sold her to the John J. Duane Company of Quincy, Massachusetts, on 5 November 1947 for scrapping.

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