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Holmes

 

(PF-81: dp. 1,430; l. 303'11" ; b. 37'8" ; dr. 13'8" ; s. 20 k.; cpl. 190; a. 3 3" ; cl. Tacoma)

 

Holmes (PF-81), originally designated PG-189, was built under Maritime Commission contract by Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, R.I. Intended for use by the United Kingdom, she was reclassified PF-81,15 April 1943, renamed Hong Kong, then Tobago and launched 27 September 1943, sponsored by Mrs. D. W. Ambridge, Ottawa, Canada. Tobago was then completed and transferred under Lend-Lease to the United Kingdom 12 August 1944 as part of the 21-ship "Colony" class. She served as a patrol and escort vessel until being returned to the United States 13 May 1946. The frigate was subsequently sold to Boston Metals Co., of Baltimore, Md., for scrapping, but was resold to Egypt in 1950 for use as a passenger vessel by Khedivial Mail Lines, Alexandria.