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Lapeer (PC 1138)
ex-PC-1138



Call sign:
November - Golf - Victor - Yankee

PC-451 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 9 January 1943 at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Michigan
  • Launched 19 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1138, 17 September 1943 at New Orleans, LA
  • Decommissioned 13 September 1946 at Astoria, Oregon and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Named Lapeer, 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 April 1959
  • Sold to Ken Hinche, 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 295 t.(lt), 450 t.(fl)
  • 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 rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines, (Engines replaced with two Fairbanks Morse diesels after conversion to a Tug), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    USS PC-1138
    PC-1138 58k - Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Tug Mister B
    Mister B 69k c. 1977.
    Seattle, WA
    Photo by Harry McDonald from the George Schneider Collection.
    Bob Daly/PC-1181

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