Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online:
Submarine Chaser Photo Archive

Valiant (PYc 51)

Call sign:
Nan - Jig - Uncle - Love


Vara call sign (1930):
Mike - Hypo - George - Jig

Vara call sign (1939):
King - Mike - Preparatory - Zed

Submarine Chaser/Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • The second Valiant was built in 1929 as the yacht Vara by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI for Harold Stirling "Mike" Vanderbilt of New York, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 October 1940 and converted for Naval service at the New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS PC-509, 27 December 1940
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Patrol Yacht and named USS Valiant (PYc-51), 15 July 1943
  • Decommissioned in September 1944 at Philadelphia, PA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 14 October 1944
  • Sold by the War Shipping Administration 15 June 1945
  • Acquired in 1946 by Walling B. Hamilton of Tampa, FL and renamed Susie Mae Hamilton
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 190 t.
  • Length 150'
  • Beam 24'
  • Draft 8' 6" (mean) (fl)
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 gun mount
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, two shafts.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    Motor Yacht Vara
    PC-509 141k Vara was the only motor yacht of her size that was ever fitted with an outboard rudder....which can clearly be seen in this image Jim Rogers
    USS PC-509
    PC-509 88k c. 1943
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    Valiant (PYc 51)
    PC-509 153 c. 1944
    At Pier No. 3, John Mathis Shipyard, Camden, NJ
    Photo From the Mathis collection
    John Chiquoine
    Photo added 16 September 2019

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Abraham Cuyler Ten Eyck, USNR - USNA Class of 191227 December 1940
    02LT James H. Gilman, Jr., USNR15 July 1943 - September 1944
    ??LT James Samuel Spielman, USNR.
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Valiant (PYc 51)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To the Patrol Craft/Gunboat/Submarine Chaser Ship Index Back to the Submarine Chaser (PC) Photo Index Back to the Coastal Patrol Yacht (PYc) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created by Gary P. Priolo and maintained by Joe Radigan
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History