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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
George - Boy - Rush - Love

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down in 1917 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Commissioned USS SC-101, 2 March 1918
  • Sold 24 June 1921 to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia, PA
  • Resold to Steve Wischerth of Brooklyn, NY and named Fidus
  • Sold in 1944 to Edward Baletti of Hoboken, NJ and renamed Palace II
  • Sold to Captain "Herbie" Hammer and renamed Whitby III in 1948
  • Scrapped in 1970.


  • Displacement 99 t.
  • Length 110'
  • Beam 13' 6"
  • Draft 6' 3"
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 27
  • Armament: One 3"/23 mount, two .30 cal. machine guns, and one depth charge projector (Y-gun)
  • Propulsion: Three Hall Scott gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Fishing Boat Fidus
    SC-101 91k c. 1938
    Seen here as the Fidus
    Mel's Place
    Fishing Boat Whitby III
    SC-101 84k c. 1952
    Off Brooklyn, NY
    Mel's Place
    SC-101 77k c. 1960
    SC-101 151k Captain 'Herbie' Hammer's Whitby III heading out from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn circa 1966
    Photo from Mel's Place
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS William F. Lally, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)2 March 1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-101
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    The Sub Chaser Archives
    by Todd Woofenden
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