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Somersworth (EPCE[R] 849)
ex-Somersworth (PCE[R]-849)
ex-PCE(R)-849



Call sign:
November - Yankee - Delta - Yankee

ex-PCE-849


PCE(R)-848 Class Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue):

  • Originally planned as PCE-849 but reclassified PCE(R)-849 in June 1943
  • Laid down 24 September 1943 by the Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Co., Chicago, IL
  • Launched 31 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS PCE(R)-849, 11 April 1944
  • Named Somersworth 15 February 1956
  • An explosive device detonated onboard PCE(R)-849, 18 July 1957 while off Montauk Point, Long Island, NY killing three and injuring four
  • Reclassified as an Experimental Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue), EPCE(R)-849 in 1959
  • Decommissioned in September 1965
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 April 1966
  • Sold to Alfred Dana of Tampa, FL
  • Scrapped in 1972 at Portsmouth, VA.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 903 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33' 1"
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 99
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PCER-849 100k . Dave Morman, crew member
    PCER-849 413k c. July 1957
    Onboard the RMS Queen Mary
    Notice to passangers outside Pursers Office
    Assistance was rendered by the Cunard-White Star liner RMS Queen Mary until medical assistance from a U.S. Naval/Coast Guard vessel could be obtained
    Photos from the collection of Ralph Rushton
    Ralph Rushton
    PCER-849 313k c. July 1957
    Onboard the RMS Queen Mary
    Tending to the injured. Ralph Rushton is third from the left, wearing sandles
    Photo from the collection of Ralph Rushton
    PCER-849 507k c. July 1957
    Onboard the RMS Queen Mary
    Tending to the injured
    Photos from the collection of Ralph Rushton
    PCER-849 455k
    PCER-849 312k

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Albert O. Lind, USN11 April 1944
    ??LT Richard David Milligan, USN - USNA Class of 1959
    Awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat "V", and Meritorious Service Medal - Retired as Rear Admiral
    May 1964 - November 1965
    ??CDR Florence Martin (Spike) Sullivan, USN.
    ??LT Alfred Francis Blair, USN.
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

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