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Whitehall (PCE 856)
ex-Whitehall (PCE[R] 856)

Call sign:
November - Yankee - Foxtrot - Papa


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

  • Originally planned as PCE-856 but reclassified PCE(R)-856 in June 1943
  • Laid down 17 December 1943 at Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Co., Chicago, Illinois
  • Launched 21 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS PCE(R)-856, 11 November 1944
  • Decommissioned 23 June 1946 at Norfolk, VA
  • Placed in service in July 1946 as a Naval Reserve training ship assigned to the 4th Naval District (Philadelphia)
  • Recommissioned 18 November 1950
  • Named Whitehall, 15 February 1956
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Craft Escort, PCE-856, 15 March 1962
  • Decommissioned 1 July 1970 at Philadelphia, PA and struck from the Naval Register
  • Reportedly sold for scrap 17 May 1973 to the R. W. Denny Corp. of Montvale, NJ, but in fact sold in 1970 to Eastern Seaboard Pile-Driving of Montvale and renamed Donna Marie
  • Converted to a tug in 1974
  • Sold in 1980 to Standard Products Co. Inc. of Reedsville, VA and renamed Atlantic Surf
  • Sold to Omega Protein Inc. of Hammond, LA and renamed Atlantic Shore
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 1,000bhp General Motors 12-278A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS PCE(R)-856
    Whitehall 65k 30 November 1944
    Bureau of Ships photo from Allied Escort Ships of World War II by Peter Elliott
    Krlicbegovic Edib
    Bosnia & Hercegovina
    PC-1224 106k c. 1945
    Being towed by PC-1224 off Miami Beach, FL
    Photos from the collection of Stephen Kohut
    Frank Deak
    PC-1224 89k
    PC-1224 70k
    PC-1224 66k
    PC-1224 215k
    USS Whitehall (PCE 856)
    Whitehall 53k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Whitehall 86k . Tommy Trampp
    Whitehall 135k c. spring 1962 Ed Zajkowski

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Maynard L. Berry, USNR11 November 1944
    02LCDR Walter H. Carpenter, USNJuly 1954 - January 1955
    03LT Raymond Wyatt, USN - USNA Class of 19571963 - 1965
    04LT Ronald Lage Segerblom, USNMay 1966 - February 1968
    05LT Philip Clare Pauzé, USN - Retired as CaptainFebruary 1968 - December 1969
    06LT Donald R. Rhodes, USN - USNA Class of 1965.
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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