Southern Pride, after Royal Navy conversion.
|Owner:||Southern Whaling and Sealing Company, London (1936–1940), Admiralty (1940–44)|
|Builder:||Smiths Dock Company|
|Fate:||Wrecked near Freetown, 16 June 1944|
|Length:||160 ft (49 m)|
|Speed:||15.25 knots (28.24 km/h; 17.55 mph)|
Southern Pride was a steam-powered whaler built by the Smiths Dock Company of Middlesbrough in 1936. She was the design inspiration for the Flower-class corvettes used to escort convoys in the North Atlantic in World War II.
After World War II began Southern Pride was requisitioned by the Royal Navy, and converted into a warship. Her conversion took six weeks and cost 75,000 pounds. She was wrecked off Freetown in June 1944.
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