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SC-356



Call sign:
George - Cast - Have - Sail

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down by the College Point Boat Co., College Point, NY
  • Commissioned USS SC-356, 8 April 1918
  • Assigned to Submarine Chaser Squadron 10, Division 30, which was initially stationed in the waters of the Second Naval District (southern New England)
  • In about October 1918 SC-356 crossed the Atlantic and was employed on patrol duty off Ireland and England
  • She went north to Scotland in April 1919 to assist in clearing the North Sea mine barrage
  • Returned to the U.S. in November 1919
  • Sold 24 June 1921 to Joseph G.Hitner of Philadelphia, PA
  • 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 shafts.
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    SC-222 109k Group of chasers, possibly at Brest, France. Left to right: SC 271, SC 164, SC 272, SC 343, SC 181, SC 222, SC 254, SC 356, SC 323, SC 206, SC 346. En route home or to post-war assignements. During the war all of these chasers served at Queenstown, Ireland (and most also served at Plymouth, England). After the war, half a dozen from this group went on to serve in the clearing of the North Sea mine barrage. 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 History and Heritage Command
    SC-356 97k In a North Sea port, probably Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, during the the North Sea mine barrage clearance operation in 1919. These subchasers are, from left to right: SC-356, SC-182, SC-40, SC-272,
    SC-178
    and one SC with a number "20-" that can not be completely made out. Halftone reproduction, published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 144.
    Donation of Chief Storekeeper Charles A. Free.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99791
    Eider 119k USS Eider (Minesweeper No. 17) with identification letter "N" in a North Sea port, probably Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, during the the North Sea mine barrage clearance operation in 1919. She has several submarine chasers alongside including, from left to right: SC-25, SC-45, SC-356, SC-47 and SC-40.Halftone reproduction, published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 142.
    Donation of Chief Storekeeper Charles A. Free.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99789
    Woodcock 110k While taking part in clearing the North Sea mine barrage, "The fleet put in (to) Stavanger, a bustling town in Norway, made prosperous by the war." (quoted from the original 1919 vintage caption). USS Woodcock (Minesweeper No. 14) is in the foreground. In the left background are (from front to rear): USS SC-356, USS SC-40, USS Eider (Minesweeper No. 17), USS Sanderling (Minesweeper No. 37) - probable identification, USS Auk (Minesweeper No. 38) and an unidentified minesweeper.
    U. S. Navy photo from the Navy Recruitment Bureau, New York
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99789
    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 SC-356 alongside (at right).
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44903
    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
    SC-356 119k Commanding Officer (listed as Ensign J. L. Gross, USNRF) and Crew, photographed during the North Sea mine barrage clearance operation, 1919. Halftone reproduction, published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 144.
    Donation of Chief Storekeeper Charles A. Free.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99790

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS James L. Gross, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)8 April 1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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