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SC-38



Call sign:
George - Tare - Have - Quack

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Built at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Commissioned 1 February 1918
  • Struck a mine in the Nothern Mine Barrage 4 September 1919, salvaged, no casualties
  • Sold in December 1919 to Thomas Lee of Ipswich, England
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 85 t.
  • Length 110"
  • Beam 14' 9"
  • Draft (fl) 5' 8"
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 26
  • Armament: One 3"/23 gun mount, two .30 cal. machine guns and one depth charge projector "Y Gun"
  • Propulsion: Three 220bhp Standard gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    SC-38, 48, 181 & 328 103k USS Panther moored in Kirkwall Harbor, Orkney Islands, while supporting the North Sea mine barrage clearance operation in 1919. She has several trawlers and submarine chasers alongside. The latter include (from left to right, in outboard group off Panther's port side: SC-48, SC-328, SC-38 and SC-181
    Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken by DeLong, of USS Black Hawk, published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 33
    Donation of Chief Storekeeper Charles A. Free
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 99690
    Robert Hurst
    SC-37, 38, 181, 208, 182 & 272 112k USS Panther full-dressed on 4 July 1919 at Kirkwall, Scotland, tending subchasers and trawlers helping to sweep the North Sea Mine Barrage. She took over this duty from USS Black Hawk which continued to support the force's minesweepers. Her four 3" guns are located on deck foward of the foremast and near the stern. The subchasers alongside are SC-37, 38, 181, and 208 (in the after nest) and SC-182, 272, and either 45 or 95 (forward)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 40049
    Mike Green
    SC-38 129k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Nathaniel Rubinkam, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)1 February 1918 - 1 July 1919
    02ENS Kenneth A. McPherson, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)1 July 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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