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Courtesy of Tommy Trampp

Portage (PCE-902)
ex-PCE-902



Call sign:
November - Papa - Golf - Foxtrot

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 29 January 1943 at Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 28 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-902, 30 April 1945
  • Decommissioned in 1949/1950 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA and placed in service as a naval reserve training ship
  • Named Portage 15 February 1956
  • Struck form the Navy Register 1 June 1970
  • Acquired by Standard Products Co., Inc. of Kilmarnock, VA and renamed Atlantic Venture
  • Acquired in 1989 by Ampro Fisheries, Inc. of of Burgess, VA
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 850 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33' 1"
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 99
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, three twin 40mm gun mounts, five 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors and one depth charge projector (hedgehog)
  • Propulsion: Two 1,000bhp General Motors 12-278A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Portage 218k . Boyd Pinyon
    Portage 61k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Portage 73k Welcome aboard phamplet .
    Portage 82k
    Portage 253k
    Portage 124k c. Summer 1954
    Lake Michigan
    Conducting high line exercise with Daniel A. Joy (DE 585)
    Photo taken from the Daniel A. Joy
    Don Garner, DE-585
    Portage 34k U.S. Navy photo from the May 1969 edition of All Hands magazine. Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Michael A. Chacszeyka, Jr., USNR30 April 1945 - August 1945
    02LT Thomas E. Murphy, USNRAugust 1945
    03LCDR Floyd H. Miller, USN - State University of New York Maritime College Class of 1953
    Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Medal
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    July 1956
    04LCDR James Wesley Harris, USN - USNA Class of 1953
    Awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal
    January 1957 - 1959
    ??LT Edwin Curry Bain, Jr., USN.
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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