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Weatherford (EPC-618)
ex-PC-618



Call sign:
November - Uniform - Yankee - Whiskey

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:p>
  • Laid down 29 April 1942 at George Lawley and Sons, Inc., Neponset, Massachusetts
  • Launched 1 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-618, 7 September 1942
  • Reclassified as an Experimental Submarine Chaser, EPC-618 in April 1947
  • Named Weatherford 15 February 1956
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Navy Register 1 November 1965
  • Sunk as a target 1 November 1968
  • Weatherford was the longest serving PC in the United States Navy.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 450 t.
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20.2 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount, three 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 2,880bhp Fairbanks-Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines (Serial No. 832371 & 832372), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Weatherford 108k . Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Weatherford 185k U.S. Navy photo from the July 1956 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Weatherford 189k U.S. Navy photo from the August 1960 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Weatherford 76k c. 1961
    U.S. Navy photo from the from 1961/1962 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    Weatherford 70k c. March 1962
    Naval Annex Key West, FL
    Weatherford (EPC 618) off the bow of the USS Brough (DE 148). Ship off the port bow is the USS Howard D. Crow (DE 252).
    Fred Weiss
    Weatherford 88k c. 1967
    USS Shakori (ATF 162) sprays water on the ex-Weatherford, being used as a salvage training hulk.
    U.S. Navy photo from the March 1967 edition of All Hands magazine.
    Bob Daly/PC-1181

    View the Weatherford (EPC-618)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    "PC Patrol Craft of World War II"
    by William J. Veigele, Ph.D., USNR, Ret. PC-793

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