HMS Lossie (K303)

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History
United Kingdom
Namesake: River Lossie
Builder: Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal
Laid down: 2 October 1942
Launched: 30 April 1943
Commissioned: 14 August 1943
Decommissioned: 26 January 1946
Notes: Ordered by United States Navy as PG-108. Transferred to RN before completion under the lend-lease program. Returned to the USN on 26 January 1946.
General characteristics
Class and type: River-class frigate
Displacement:
  • 1,370 long tons (1,390 t)
  • 1,830 long tons (1,860 t) (deep load)
Length:
  • 283 ft (86.26 m) p/p
  • 301.25 ft (91.82 m)o/a
Beam: 36.5 ft (11.13 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.74 m); 13 ft (3.96 m) (deep load)
Propulsion: 2 x Admiralty 3-drum boilers, 2 shafts, reciprocating vertical triple expansion, 5,500 ihp
Speed: 20 knots (37.0 km/h)
Range: 646 long tons (656 t) oil fuel; 7,500 nautical miles (13,890 km) at 15 knots (27.8 km/h)
Complement: 140
Armament:

HMS Lossie was a River-class frigate that served in the Royal Navy from 1943-1946.

Construction[edit]

Lossie was ordered by the United States Navy as PG-103 and was built to the RN's specifications as a Group II River-class frigate. She was laid down at Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal on 2 October 1942 and launched on 30 April 1943. She was transferred on 12 August 1943 while still under construction from the USN to the RN under the auspices of the lend-lease program.

She was commissioned 2 days later into the RN as HMS Lossie and was named after the River Lossie in Moray, Scotland which flows into the Moray Firth at Lossiemouth.

War service[edit]

Lossie saw extensive service on North Atlantic convoy escort missions and also saw service in the Indian Ocean.

It was during a patrol mission in the Indian Ocean that the freighter Nellore was sunk on 29 June 1944. Lossie picked up 112 crew from the Nellore the following week near the Chagos Archipelago and landed them at Addu Atoll.

Convoy escorts
Convoy code
Route
Convoy departure
Began escort duty
Ceased escort duty
Convoy arrival
SC 148 Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool, England 02/12/1943 06/12/1943 15/12/1943 16/12/1943
HX 276 New York City, USA to Liverpool 22/01/1944 03/02/1944 05/02/1944 07/02/1944
ON 223 Liverpool to New York City 07/02/1944 10/02/1944 11/02/1944 24/02/1944
HX 278 New York City to Liverpool 05/02/1944 16/02/1944 17/02/1944 20/02/1944
ONS 029 Liverpool to Halifax 12/02/1944 17/02/1944 19/02/1944 29/02/1944
ON 224 Liverpool to New York City 14/02/1944 17/02/1944 18/02/1944 02/03/1944
KMF 029A Clyde, Scotland to Alexandria, Egypt 03/03/1944 03/03/1944 17/03/1944 17/03/1944
AJ 002/2 Aden to Colombo, Ceylon 28/03/1944 28/03/1944 04/04/1944 04/04/1944
CJ 023B Calcutta, India to Colombo 16/04/ 1944 16/04/1944 18/04/1944 18/04/1944
CX 024 Chagos Archipeligo to Maldives to Colombo 20/07/1944 20/07/1944 22/07/1944 22/07/1944
KR 016/1 Calcutta to Rangoon, Burma 09/07/1945 09/07/1945 11/07/1945 11/07/1945

Post-war use[edit]

Lossie was decommissioned and stricken from the RN on 26 January 1946 and was returned to the USN at Boston, Massachusetts two days later as PG-103.

The USN sold her on 13 November 1946 to Cadio Compania de Navegacio S.A. of Panama and she was registered as Teti. She was sold in 1955 to Typaldos Brothers 88 Co. Ltd. of Piraeus, Greece and was registered as Adriatiki. She was wrecked in the Aegean Sea on 16 January 1968.

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