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Call sign:
Nan - Item - Baker - Victor

ex-Eagle No. 48

Call sign (1919):
George - Cast - Nan - Rush

Eagle Class Patrol Craft:

  • Laid down 3 March 1919 by the Ford Motor Co., Detroit, MI
  • Launched 24 May 1919
  • Commissioned USS Eagle No. 48, 8 October 1919
  • Designated PE-48, 17 July 1920
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 April 1946
  • Sold 10 October 1946
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 710 t.
  • Length 200' 9"
  • Beam 25' 9"
  • Draft 13' 6"
  • Speed 18.32 kts.
  • Complement 68
  • Armament: One 4"/50 mount, one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Thorny-Craft Bureau Model 250psi boilers, one 2,500shp Poole geared turbine, Ford single reduction gear, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PE-48 105k Photo enhanced by Tom Kermen E. J. Comeau
    PC 553/1228
    PE-48 131k Grounded in the fog
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo No. NH 70996
    Mike Green
    Eagle Boat 111k Photo caption: "EAGLE 27 (PE-27) and EAGLE 48 (PE-48) are tied up abrest at Pier 6 at the Boston Navy Yard, Nov. 1940. Note Hammerhead Crane 7, recently moved to Pier 6 from the yard's Shipways as part of the expansion of the yard's shipbuilding capabilities, in the background
    U.S. Navy photo NY2-1371-40, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11005."
    Stephen P. Carlson
    Eagle Boat 300k Photo from Ships and Aircraft of the United States Fleet, © 1945 by James C. Fahey, Associate, United States Naval Institute Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Melvin Hughes Bassett, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1934
    02LT George William Campbell, USN1936
    03LCDR A. E. Chapman, USNR1940
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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