HMS Statice (K281)

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United States
Name: USS Tact (PG-98)
Builder: Collingwood Shipyard, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
Laid down: In 1943 as Vim (PG 99)
Launched: 1 April 1943
Fate: Transferred to the Royal Navy 20 September 1943
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Statice
Commissioned: 20 September 1943
Identification: Pennant number: K281
Fate: Returned to U.S. Navy custody, 21 June 1946, Sold, 7 May 1947
General characteristics
Class and type: Action-class patrol boat
Displacement: 1,375 long tons (1,397 t)
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 14 ft 7 in (4.45 m)
Propulsion: two 3-drum express boilers, 2,750ihp vertical triple expansion Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. engine, one shaft.
Speed: 16.5 kn (19.0 mph; 30.6 km/h)
Complement: 90

When the United States entered World War II at the end of 1941, the United States Navy found itself deficient in ocean escort-type vessels. A crash building program was instituted; but, to meet more immediate needs, the government contracted with shipbuilding firms in England and Canada to build Flower-class corvette. Vim (PG-99) was one of those British-type escorts. She was launched on 1 April 1943 at the Collingwood Shipyard in Collingwood, Ontario. Nine days later, however, she was transferred to the Royal Navy under the terms of the lend-lease agreement in return for another Flower-class corvette then under construction in Canada. The British renamed her HMS Statice, and she served the Royal Navy under the name through World War II. On 21 June 1946, she was returned to the United States Navy. Though carried on the Navy list as PG-99, the corvette never saw active service with the United States Navy. She was sold on 7 May 1947. To whom she was sold and to what purpose she was put is unknown.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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