Allied Warships

HMS Antigua (K 501)

Frigate of the Colony class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 501 
Built byWalsch-Kaiser Co., Inc. (Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jun 1943 
Laid down3 Apr 1943 
Launched26 Jul 1943 
Commissioned4 Nov 1943 
End service 

Returned to the USN on 2 May, 1946.

HMS Antigua is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Former nameUSS Hammond PF-73

Commands listed for HMS Antigua (K 501)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Duncan Frederick White, RNR27 Jul 19439 Sep 1944
2A/Lt.Cdr. Edward Leo Donkin, RNR9 Sep 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Antigua include:

22 Dec 1944
HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Loch Insh (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.W.C. Dempster, RNVR) and HMS Antigua (A/Lt.Cdr. E.L. Donkin, RNR). (1)

7 May 1945
HMS Safari (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted attack exercises for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) in the Clyde area during which HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN) and HMS Antigua (A/Lt.Cdr. E.L. Donkin, RNR) served as targets. (2)


  1. ADM 173/19365
  2. ADM 173/19532

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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