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

Call sign:
November - Yankee - Delta - Yankee


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
  • Reclassified as an Experimental Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue), EPCE(R)-850 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.


  • 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

    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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