HMS Bahamas (K 503)
Frigate of the Colony class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Walsch-Kaiser Co., Inc. (Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Jun 1943|
|Laid down||7 Apr 1943|
|Launched||17 Aug 1943|
|Commissioned||6 Dec 1943|
Returned to the USN on 11 June, 1946.
|Former name||USS Hotham PF-75|
Commands listed for HMS Bahamas (K 503)
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|1||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Walter Smith Thomson, RNR||Nov 1943||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Bahamas include:
11 Nov 1944
British destroyer HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) was hit by a Gnat torpedo fired by German U-boat U-365 in position 71°57'N, 32°04'E. The entire bow of the destroyer was blown off. Cassandra was taken in tow (stern first) by the British frigate HMS Bahamas (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomson, RNR). Later the tow was passed over to a Soviet tug which towed her to the Kola Inlet.