These excellent US National
Archives photos are among the most interesting I've had the pleasure of publishing in
Warship. They are noteworthy in several respects. Large, clear and full of interesting
detail, Corvette modelers will think they've died and gone to heaven after viewing these
pictures. More importantly, they document Flower Class Corvettes in the service of the US
Coast Guard. Generally associated with the Royal and Canadian Navies, Flowers also saw
service with the US Navy and Coast Guard, as well as the Free French and Norwegian navies.
Note the variety of main weapons on these US corvettes, and the port
and starboard midship gun tubs. There are many other detail differences that set these
vessels apart from their better known Canadian and Royal Navy sister ships. And the
Measure 12 modified paint scheme carried by Tenacity in the title photo is most striking. If ever a picture screamed
"build me", this one does.
I want to thank Sven Dorsey for making these
National Archives photos available to Warship. Ship modelers in general and Corvette
modelers in particular appreciate your efforts, Sven.
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