HMS Nyasaland (K587)

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United States
Name: USS Hoste
Namesake: Captain Sir William Hoste (1780-1826), British naval officer (British name assigned in anticipation of ship's transfer to United Kingdom)
Reclassified: Patrol frigate, PF-83, 15 April 1943
Builder: Walsh-Kaiser Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Laid down: 7 September 1943[1]
Renamed: Nyasaland, 1943
Namesake: Nyasaland (British name assigned in anticipation of ship's transfer to United Kingdom)
Launched: 6 October 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. William A. Cahir
Commissioned: never
Identification: PG-191
Fate: Transferred to United Kingdom, 31 July 1944
Acquired: Returned by United Kingdom 15 April 1946
Fate: Sold for scrapping 10 November 1947
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Nyasaland
Namesake: Nyasaland
Acquired: 31 July 1944
Commissioned: 31 July 1944[1]
Identification: K587
Fate: Returned to United States 15 April 1946
General characteristics
Class and type: Colony/Tacoma-class patrol frigate
Displacement: 1,264 long tons (1,284 t)
Length: 303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)
Beam: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
  • 3 × boilers
  • 2 × turbines, 5,500 shp (4,100 kW) each
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 190

HMS Nyasaland (K587) was a Colony-class frigate of the United Kingdom that served during World War II. She originally was ordered by the United States Navy as the Tacoma-class patrol frigate USS Hoste (PF-83) and was transferred to the Royal Navy prior to completion.

Construction and acquisition[edit]

The ship, originally designated a "patrol gunboat," PG-191, was ordered by the United States Maritime Commission under a United States Navy contract as the first USS Hoste. She was reclassified as a "patrol frigate," PF-83, on 15 April 1943 and laid down by the Walsh-Kaiser Company at Providence, Rhode Island, on 7 September 1943.[1] Intended for transfer to the United Kingdom, the ship was renamed Nyasaland by the British prior to launching and was launched on 6 October 1943, sponsored by Mrs. William A. Cahir.

Service history[edit]

Transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 31 July 1944, the ship served in the Royal Navy as HMS Nyasaland (K587) on patrol and escort duty. On 17 December 1944, she sank the German submarine U-772 with depth charges in the North Atlantic Ocean south of Cork, Ireland, at 51°16′N 008°05′W / 51.267°N 8.083°W / 51.267; -8.083 (U-772 sunk). On 4 February 1945, she shared credit with the British frigates Loch Scavaig, Papua, and Loch Shin for sinking the German submarine U-1014 in a depth-charge attack in the North Channel off Malin Head, Ireland, at 55°17′N 006°45′W / 55.283°N 6.750°W / 55.283; -6.750 (U-1014 sunk). On 2 March 1945, she rescued 42 survivors of the British merchant ship SS King Edgar, which the German submarine U-1302 had sunk in St. George's Channel at 52°05′N 005°42′W / 52.083°N 5.700°W / 52.083; -5.700 (SS King Edgar sunk).[1]


The United Kingdom returned Nyasaland to the U.S. Navy on 15 April 1946. She was sold to the Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company of Chester, Pennsylvania, on 10 November 1947 for scrapping.




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