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Valiant (PYc 51)



Call sign:
Nan - Jig - Uncle - Love

ex-PC-509


Submarine Chaser/Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1929 as the yacht Vara by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI for Harold Stirling "Mike" Vanderbilt
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 October 1940 and converted for Naval service at the New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS PC-509, 27 December 1941
  • 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
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • 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.
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    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
    US Navy Photo
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT James Samuel Spielman, USNR.
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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