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Castine (IX 211)
ex-PC-452



Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Victor - Tare

PC-452 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • The second Castine was laid down 14 March 1940 by the DeFoe Boat and Motor Works, Bay City, MI as Hull No. 167, under the Experimental Small Craft program of 17 May 1938. Called "X-Boats," they differed in detail
    and were listed as 165 footers
  • Launched 23 August 1941 and towed to the Philadelphia Navy Yard to be fitted out with boilers
  • PC-452 was to be used as a steam turbine test bed hull
  • Commissioned USS PC-452, 26 July 1943
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-211 and named Castine 10 March 1945
  • Decommissioned 3 October 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal in January 1947
  • Fate unknown.

    PC-452 Specifications:

  • Displacement 348 t.
  • Length 173' 8''
  • Beam 23'
    1945 - 22' 7"
  • Propulsion: Two Beasler boilers with Delaval turbines, two shafts.


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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-452 186k Line drawing by A. D. Baker, III from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman Robert Hurst
    PC-452 53k 7 July 1941
    Before launching
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-452 51k 7 July 1941
    Before launching
    National Archives photo 19-N-24533

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG R. C. Smith, USNR1940
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for Castine (IX 211)
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