Allied Warships

HMS Bahamas (K 503)

Frigate of the Colony class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassColony 
PennantK 503 
Built byWalsch-Kaiser Co., Inc. (Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jun 1943 
Laid down7 Apr 1943 
Launched17 Aug 1943 
Commissioned6 Dec 1943 
End service 
History

Returned to the USN on 11 June, 1946.  

Former nameUSS Hotham PF-75

Commands listed for HMS Bahamas (K 503)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Walter Smith Thomson, RNRNov 1943mid 1945

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Noteable 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.


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