Letter: Remembering the HMS Cayman

The HMS Cayman was a UK frigate during World War II. She was ordered by the US Navy under the name USS Harland (PF-78).

After completion, she was transferred to the Royal Navy and was renamed HMS Cayman (K 506).

Her keel was laid down in Providence, Rhode Island, on July 15, 1943, and on Sept. 6, 1943, two months later, she was launched.

Prior to launching, the British Navy gave her the name Cayman in honour of the Caymanian men who had volunteered in the war effort.

Her service duty was to patrol and escort the Royal Navy. She was a Colony Class Frigate. Her commander was Lieutenant Commander Samuel Clive Bradley. He was with her from Jan. 22, 1944 to March 4, 1946.

Her displacement was 1,264 tons. Her beam was 37 feet, 6 inches. Her length was 304 feet. Her draft was 14 feet and she could get up to a speed of 20 knots.

She was returned to the US Navy in 1946. After the war, on July 1, 1947, she was sold to the United Dock Corporation to be scrapped. So, she only lived for four years, but at least we have a picture of her and we all can say, “Good old Caymanians, we had a frigate named after us.”

I’ve asked the Philatelic Bureau to consider issuing a postage stamp featuring our frigate. My fight is to save something of this ship.

Durl Ebanks

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