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Barbados

A British colony in the Windward Islands of the West Indies, first settled in 1626.

(PF 76: dp. 1,430; l. 304'0"; b. 37'6"; dr. 12'0" (mean); s. 20 k.; cpl. 120; a. 3 3", 4 40mm., 8 20mm., 2 dct., 4 dcp., 1 dcp. (hh.); cl. Tacoma; T. S2 S2 AQ1)

The frigate, PF 76, was laid down on 11 May 1943 at Providence, R.I., by the Walsh Kaiser Co., under a Maritime Commission contract (MC huI1 1658); allocated to the Royal Navy under lend lease on 10 June 1943; launched on 27 August 1943; sponsored by Miss Anna M. Pacheco; and accepted by the Royal Navy at the Boston Navy Yard on 18 December 1943 and simultaneously commissioned as HMS Barbados (K.504). The name originally assigned to the ship for British service had been Halsted, but this was changed before commissioning.


During World War II, Barbados earned her "battle honors" in the North Atlantic during 1944 and 1945. After returning to the United States in the spring of 1946, she was accepted by the Commandant, 1st Naval District, on 15 April 1946. The warship was declared "not essential to the defense of the United States," and her hull number was struck from the Navy list on 19 July 1946. She was sold to the Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pa., on 20 October 1947.

Robert J. Cressman



6 March 2006