In response to Mike West’s query, on the historys’ of the above named vessels, in the September 2011 issue of Sea Breezes, the following may be of interest.
In 1943 the US company Pullman Standard Car Company set up a facility and manufactured corvette type Patrol Craft for the US Navy classified as PCE (Patrol Craft Escort). The first 15, PCE 827 to PCE 841, were transferred to Britain for Royal Navy use. These vessels were 180 feet long and 640 tons. All were twin screw diesel, at 15 knots, and well armed with a 3 inch DP gun, 3 x 40mm cannon, depth charges and hedgehog, and ahead throwing weapon system.
The vessels were designated “Kil” class and were named variously HMS Kilbirnie for the first (PCE 827) to HMS Kilmore for the last (PCE 841). In 1947 many were disposed of to Norway and two were passed on to Portugal in 1952. They were HMS Kildary aka Rio Vouga, and HMS Kilmalcolm aka Rio Agueda and later aka Rio Star.
Rio Vouga was scrapped in 1980 but the fate of Rio Star is not known by me. These vessels may have been used in the tuna trade or as escorts for the “Great White Fleet” in their fishing expeditions to the Canadian Grand Banks. This fleet was composed of large sailing fishing vessels escorted by hospital / safety vessels.
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