Allied Warships

HMS Kilham (Z 07)

Patrol vessel of the Kil class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypePatrol vessel
PennantZ 07 
Built byPullman Standard Car Co. (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 May 1942 
Laid down26 Feb 1943 
Launched2 Aug 1943 
Commissioned9 Oct 1943 
End service 

Returned U.S.N. in 1946.
Sold to Fylkesbaatane i Sogn og Fjordane, Bergen, Norway in 1949 and converted to a passenger ship being renamed M/S Sognefjord in 1950.
Sold in 1982 to Filmeffekt A/S, Oslo, Norway and renamed Orion.
Sold in 1984 to A/S Orion, Milde, Norway and laid up.
Sold in 1987 to Matkat OY, Helsingfors, Finland.
Sold again in 1991 to Orion Risteilyt O/Y, Hamina, Finland and renamed Orion II.
Sold in 1996 to Jaako Mathias Eriksson of Honduras.
Sold again in 1997 to an unknown buyer in Thailand and renamed Explorer. Currently (2004) named Orient Explorer.

Former nameUSS PCE 833

Commands listed for HMS Kilham (Z 07)

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1T/Lt. Allen James Southgate, RNRNov 1943May 1944
2Lt. Brian Henry Fairley, RNMay 1944mid/late44
3T/Lt. Ronald Kenneth Palmer, RNVRmid/late44late 1944
4T/Lt. Innes Athole Thorpe, RNVRlate 1944

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