HMS Dittany (K279)

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United Kingdom
Name: HMS Dittany
Builder: Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
Laid down: as HMS Dittany date unknown
Launched: 31 October 1942
Status: Transferred to the United States Navy
United States
Name: USS Beacon (PG-88)
Acquired: 7 March 1943
Status: Transferred to the Royal Navy
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Dittany
Commissioned: 31 May 1943
Identification: Pennant number: K 279
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
Class & type: Action class
Type: Patrol boat
Displacement: 1,375 long tons (1,397 t)
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 14 ft 7 in (4.45 m)
Speed: 16.5 kn (19.0 mph; 30.6 km/h)
Complement: 90

HMS Dittany was a Flower-class corvette of the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

On 14 August 1942, the name Beacon was approved for PG 88, a modified “Flower” class corvette being built at Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Records indicate that Beacon was to have been accepted under “reverse lend lease,” commissioned in Canada and then taken to the Boston Navy Yard for outfitting. Assigned, first, to the United Kingdom on 30 January 1943 but reassigned to the U.S. Navy on 7 March 1943, she was reassigned again to the Royal Navy on 31 May 1943 and commissioned as HMS Dittany, her original British name. She served under that name for the rest of the war.

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