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PC-353
ex-SC-353



Call sign (1924):
Nan - Oboe - Xray - Sail


Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Rush - Jig

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down by the College Point Boat Co., College Point, NY
  • Commissioned USS SC-353, 20 March 1918
  • In October 1918, following initial service along the U.S. East Coast, she voyaged across the Atlantic to begin operations in the waters between the Azores and Europe
  • SC-353 returned to the U.S. sometime after the November 1918 Armistice
  • In mid-1920 she received the hull number PC-353, but kept the name Submarine Chaser 353 (generally shortened to S.C. 353)
  • Decommissioned after June 1920, she was briefly put up for sale in mid-1922 but later in that year went back into service for surveying duty in Cuban waters, operating with USS Hannibal (AG-1)
  • Struck from the Navy list in August 1935
  • Sold 18 March 1936
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • 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 projector "Y Gun"
  • Propulsion: Three 220hp Standard gasoline engines, three screws.
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    SC-353 151k Group of chasers, including SC-353.
    From Photographs of World War I subchasers (1502-b), Special Special Collections, University of Virginia Library.
    The Sub Chaser Archives
    SC-356 88k In an Azores harbor with other ships of the U.S. and foreign navies, circa October 1918. The six subchasers in the left center of the view, with bows to the camera, are (from left to right): SC-223,
    SC-330, SC-180
    , SC-353, SC-331 and (probably) SC-356. Ships nested with them, to the right, include a "bird" type minesweeper and two converted yacht patrol vessels.
    Collection of George K. Beach, who was a crewmember of USS SC-331 at the time.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99742
    Naval Historical Center
    SC-353 185k In the Caribbean area during the early 1920s, with two submarine chasers and a barge alongside USS Hannibal (AG 1). Outboard subchaser is SC-353 and the other is probably USS SC-223. Both worked with Hannibal on survey work.
    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99701
    SC-353 104k SC-353, left, and USS SC-223 seen from USS Hannibal (AG-1) during the 1920s, while they were assisting with survey operations in Cuban waters. Tug in the left background is USS Nausett (YT-35).
    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99711
    SC-353 156k SC-353, left, and USS SC-223, "Falling in formation to be towed", seen from USS Hannibal (AG-1) during the 1920s. The two submarine chasers worked with Hannibal on survey operations in Cuban waters. Tug in the left background is USS Nausett (YT-35).
    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99713
    SC-353 158k SC-353, left, and USS SC-223 alongside a dock at Key West, Florida, during the 1920s. USS Hannibal (AG-1) is partially visible in the background. The two submarine chasers were then working with Hannibal on survey operations in Cuban waters.
    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 997114
    SC-353 125k SC-353 alongside USS Hannibal (AG-1) off the Isle of Pines, Cuba, while conducting survey operations during the 1920s. Three of Hannibal's steam launches are also present.
    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99718
    SC-353 104k SC-353 standing by a damaged Aeromarine 40 flying boat (Bureau A-5066) in the Gulf of Bacabano, Cuba, 25 May 1923. A boat from USS Hannibal (AG-1) is also present. This aircraft was assigned to assist Hannibal in survey work in Cuban waters. It had hit something on the water or broken a hole in its hull by hitting a wave. The accident left the plane's wings and hull unfit for further use and it was subsequently stricken from the list of Navy aircraft. Pilot was Lieutenant (Junior Grade) John H. Hykes, USN.
    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99721

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Harold A. Wadman, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)20 March 1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-353
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    The Sub Chaser Archives
    by Todd Woofenden
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