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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign (1924):
Nan - Oboe - Mike - Fox

Call sign (1919):
George - Boy - Vice - King

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down in 1917 by the International Shipbuilding and Marine Engine Co., Upper Nyack, NY
  • Commissioned USS SC-168, 27 April 1918
  • Sold 28 October 1926 to Gustav J. Rau of Brooklyn, NY and named Elmar III
  • Sold to Captain Fred Wrege of Brooklyn
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 85 t.
  • Length 110'
  • Beam 14' 8.75"
  • Draft (fl) 5' 8"
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 27
  • Armament: One 3"/23 gun mount, two .30-cal machine guns and one depth charge projetor "Y Gun"
  • Propulsion: Three 220hp Standard gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-186 116k c. 1930
    Early advertising postcard produced by Brooklyn photographer Ernest Tanare shows Captain Gus Rau's party fishing boat Elmar III sailing from Pier 4 at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY, heading south to fishing grounds off the Highlands of the New Jersey coast
    Photo from Mel's Place
    Robert Hurst
    SC-186 84k c. 1936 Mel's Place
    SC-186 72k c. 1940
    SC-186 117k c. 1946
    SC-186 88k c. 1947
    Underway and heading south to fishing grounds off the Highlands of the New Jersey coast.

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-186
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    The Sub Chaser Archives
    by Todd Woofenden
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