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SC-208



Call sign:
George - Boy - Watch - Sail

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down in 1917 by the General Shipbuilding and Aero Corp., Alexandria, VA
  • Commissioned USS SC-208, 15 May 1918
  • Sold 24 June 1921 to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia, PA
  • Sold in 1924 to Clarence Fix of Grand Island, NY and named Stumble Inn II
  • Abandoned in 1940.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 85 t.
  • Length 110"
  • Beam 14' 9"
  • Draft (fl) 5' 8"
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 27
  • Armament: One 3"/23 gun mount, two .30 cal. machine guns and one depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Three 220bhp Standard gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    SC-208 69k USS Panther, part of the Mine force in Kirkwall Harbor, Orkney Islands. Left-hand chaser is SC-328. Next to it is SC-208. Second from the right is SC-207. The Sub Chaser Archives
    SC-48, 164, 208 & 356 160k C. 1919
    Inverness, Scotland
    Photo from "Cinderellas of the Fleet" by LTJG William Washburn Nutting, Construction Corps, USNRF
    Joe Radigan
    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-182 275k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment Joe Radigan
    Lapwing 143k Review of the Atlantic Fleet Minesweeping Squadron, November 1919. USS Lapwing (Minesweeper No. 1) and other ships of the squadron anchored in the Hudson River, off New York City, while being reviewed by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels on 24 November 1919, following their return to the United States after taking part in clearing the North Sea mine barrage. The other ships visible are: USS Lark (Minesweeper No. 21), with USS SC-208 alongside (at left); and USS Swan (Minesweeper No. 34) with USS SC-356 alongside (at right).
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44903
    Naval Historical Center
    Lapwing 118k Review of the Atlantic Fleet Minesweeping Squadron, November 1919. Ships of the squadron anchored in the Hudson River, off New York City, while being reviewed by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels on 24 November 1919, following their return to the United States after taking part in clearing the North Sea mine barrage. Identifiable ships present include (left column, from front to rear): USS Turkey (Minesweeper No. 13); USS Quail (Minesweeper No. 15) with SC-354 alongside; USS Lark (Minesweeper No. 21) with SC-208 alongside; USS Swan (Minesweeper No. 34) with SC-356 alongside; and USS Flamingo (Minesweeper No. 32) with an unidentified submarine chaser alongside. (right column, from front to rear): USS Thrush (Minesweeper No. 18); Two unidentified minesweepers, one of which is probably USS Lapwing (Minesweeper No. 1); USS Kingfisher (Minesweeper No. 25); and, in no particular order, tugs Patapsco and Patuxent. USS SC-245 is at the far right, passing between the two anchored columns.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44904

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Roe C. Dufie, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)15 May 1918 - 1 June 1919
    02LTJG Joseph A. Clark, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)1 June 1919
    03ENS John F. Shea, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)1919
    04ENS George H. McCready, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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