She was laid down by Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation (Chickasaw, Alabama) on 8 June 1942 as BAM-32 and launched on 27 January 1943. She was transferred to the Royal Navy and commissioned as HMS Tattoo on 26 October 1943.
Tattoo served for part of World War II patrolling off Iceland. At one point, she returned to Britain for repairs to a fouled propeller.
She was stricken from the Naval Register in 1985.