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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive
Lapeer (PC 1138)
November - Golf - Victor - Yankee
PC-451 Class Submarine Chaser: Laid down, 9 January 1943 at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich.; Launched, 19 April 1943; Commissioned USS
PC-1138, 17 September 1943 at New Orleans, LA.; Decommissioned 13 September 1946 at Astoria, Oregon; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, Oregon; Named Lapeer, 15 February 1956; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1959; Sold to Ken Hinche and converted to an Icebreaker; Renamed Knit Bay and operated in Alaskan waters; Sold to Dave Updyke and converted to a Tug; Sold to Belco Petroleum of Houston, TX, renamed Mister B and operated in the Peruvian Oil Fields. Fate unknown.
Specifications: Displacement 280 t. (lt); Length 173' 8"; Beam 23'; Draft 10' 10"; Speed; 20k; Complement 65; Armament one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one single 40mm gun mount; three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectiles, two depth charge tracks; Propulsion two 2,880bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Engines replaced with two Fairbanks Morse diesels after conversion to a Tug), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear,
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Photo by Harry McDonald from the George Schneider Collection.
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