HMS Anguilla (K500)

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HMS Anguilla 1944 IWM FL 669.jpg
HMS Anguilla in 1944.
United States
Name: USS Hallowell (PG-180)
Namesake: Hallowell, Maine[1]
Builder: Walsh-Kaiser Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Laid down: 1 April 1943
Reclassified: Patrol frigate, PF-72, 15 April 1943
Renamed: Machias, 5 May 1943
Namesake: Machias, Maine[1]
Renamed: Anguilla, 10 June 1943
Namesake: Anguilla
Launched: 14 July 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. John S. MacDonald
Commissioned: never
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom, 15 October 1943
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 31 May 1946
Fate: Sold for scrapping 13 June 1947
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Anguilla (K500)
Namesake: Anguilla
Acquired: 15 October 1943
Commissioned: 15 October 1943[2]
Decommissioned: 1946
Fate: Returned to United States, 31 May 1946
General characteristics
Class and 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)
  • 3 × boilers
  • 2 × turbines, 5,500 shp (4,100 kW) each
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 190

HMS Anguilla (K500) was a Colony-class frigate of the United Kingdom in commission from 1943 to 1946 that served during World War II. She originally was ordered by the United States Navy as the Tacoma-class patrol frigate USS Hallowell (PF-72), later renamed USS Machias (PF-72), and was transferred prior to completion.

Construction and acquisition[edit]

The ship, originally designated a "patrol gunboat," PG-180, was ordered by the United States Maritime Commission under a United States Navy contract as USS Hallowell. Laid down by the Walsh-Kaiser Company at Providence, Rhode Island, on 1 April 1943, Hallowell was reclassified as a "patrol frigate," PF-72, on 15 April 1943 and renamed USS Machias on 5 May 1943. Intended for transfer to the United Kingdom, the ship was renamed Anguilla by the British on 10 June 1943 and launched on 14 July 1943, sponsored by Mrs. John S. MacDonald.

Service history[edit]

Transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 15 October 1943, the ship served in the Royal Navy as HMS Anguilla (K500) on patrol and escort duty until 1946. On 29 April 1945, while escorting Convoy RA-66 outbound from the Soviet port of Murmansk, she joined the frigates HMS Loch Insh (K433) and HMS Cotton (K510) in sinking the German submarine U-286 in the Barents Sea north of Murmansk at 69°29′00″N 033°37′00″E / 69.48333°N 33.61667°E / 69.48333; 33.61667 (U=286 sunk).[2] The following day, Anguilla was forced to sink with gunfire the British frigate HMS Goodall (K479), which U-286 had heavily damaged.[3]


The United Kingdom returned Anguilla to the United States on 31 May 1946. She was sold to Pro-Industry Products of New York City on 13 June 1947 for scrapping.



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