HMS Antigua (K501)
HMS Antigua in 1944.
|Namesake:||British name assigned in anticipation of ship's transfer to United Kingdom|
|Builder:||Walsh-Kaiser Company, Providence, Rhode Island|
|Laid down:||3 April 1943|
|Reclassified:||Patrol frigate, PF-73, 15 April 1943|
|Launched:||26 July 1943|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Louise M. Reddick|
|Fate:||Transferred to United Kingdom 4 November 1943|
|Acquired:||Returned by United Kingdom 2 May 1946|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping|
|Name:||HMS Antigua (K501)|
|Acquired:||4 November 1943|
|Commissioned:||4 November 1943|
|Fate:||Returned to United States, 2 May 1946|
|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)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
HMS Antigua (K501) was a Colony-class frigate of the United Kingdom in commission from 1943 to 1945  that served during World War II. She originally was ordered by the United States Navy as the Tacoma-class patrol frigate USS Hamond (PF-73) and was transferred prior to completion.
Construction and acquisition
The ship, originally designated a "patrol gunboat," PG-181, was ordered by the United States Maritime Commission under a United States Navy contract as USS Hamond. Laid down by the Walsh-Kaiser Company at Providence, Rhode Island, on 3 April 1943, she was reclassified as a "patrol frigate," PF-73, on 15 April 1943. Intended for transfer to the United Kingdom, the ship was renamed Antigua by the British prior to launching and was launched on 26 July 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Louise M. Reddick .
- Sources differ on the spelling of the ship's name, with the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Hamond article spelling it Hamond and Navsource Online: Frigate Photo Archive HMS Antigua (K 501) ex-Hamond ex-PF-73 ex-PG-181 repeating it; other sources (e.g., uboat.net HMS Antigua (K 501)) spell it Hammond.
- uboat.net HMS Antigua (K 501)
- According to uboat.net HMS Antigua (K 501), Antigua is not listed as an active unit on the October 1945 Navy List, strongly implying that the Royal Navy decommissioned her sometime earlier that year.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Navsource Online: Frigate Photo Archive HMS Antigua (K 501) ex-Hamond ex-PF-73 ex-PG-181