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USCGC Bonneville (WIX 375)



Call sign:
Nan - Oboe - Charlie - Peter

ex-USCGC Cook



Call sign (1922):
George - Vice - King - Cast

ex-USS SC-438



Call sign (1919):
George - Have - Quack - Tare

SC-438 served only in the Coast Guard.


SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Built in 1918 as SC-438 by the Rocky River Dry Dock Co., Rocky River, OH
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 29 October 1919 and commissioned USCGC Cook
  • Named for a member of the torpedoed USCGC Tampa, lost during World War I
  • Taken out of service in 1935
  • Sold 28 May 1936 and renamed Islander
  • Reacquired by the Coast Guard and commissioned USCGC Bonneville (WIX 375), 5 March 1943
  • Decommissioned 22 September 1945
  • Sold in 1946 to Fishers Island Navigation Co. of New London, CT
  • Sold in 1946 to Frank Palecek of New York, NY and renamed Victory
  • Sold in 1950 to Edward J. Clair of New York
  • Sold in 1952 to the V.E.C. Fishing Corp. of New York and renamed Admiral
  • Scrapped in April 1957.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 85 t.
  • Length 110"
  • Beam 14' 9"
  • Draft (fl) 5' 8"
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 26
    1922 - 15
  • Armament: One 3"/23 gun mount, two .30 cal. machine guns and one depth charge projector "Y Gun"
    1942 - Added two Mousetraps, two 20mm mounts and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Three 220hp Standard gasoline engines, three shafts
    1936 - Gasoline engines and one shaft were removed and replaced by two 160hp diesel engines.
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    SC-438 116k c. 1943
    Bonneville armed with a 1-pounder gun forward and a 20mm gun aft, both covered. By 1942 her armament had been increased to include two Mousetrap ASW weapons, another 20mm gun, and two depth
    charge tracks
    Photo from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Scheina
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Daniel Joseph Duggan, USN15 May 1919 - 29 October 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-438
    Excerpts from the original log of the Old Chicago Coast Guard Station regarding SC-431, 433, 437 and SC-438

    October 13th , 1919

    At 10:30 A.M. received telephone message from Capt. Conner USCG request that five enlisted men be subsisted at this station while getting the Sub Chaser No. 438 in readiness to sail for Duluth, Minn.

    October 16th, 1919

    Sub Chaser No. 438 was towed to station at 3:00 P.M. and moored, crew insisting in getting same in readiness, fitting out and overhauling equipment.

    October 24th, 1919

    District Superintendent and Keeper commenced taking inventory of equipment on Sub Chaser which are to be turned over to Coast Guard.

    October 25th ,1919

    Superintendent and keeper taking inventory of equipment on Sub Chaser No. 437-431, and 433.

    October 26th, 1919

    Surfman Elmer C. Anderson from Coast Guard Station #289, arrived at this station at 10:00 A.M. having been temporarily transferred to this station as SHIPKEEPER on Sub Chaserís laid up at Chicago, H.L.-10/20/19 (73-531).

    October 28th, 1919

    District Superintendent, Keeper, and surfman Anderson, taking inventory on Sub Chasers No. 431, 433, and 437, making preparation for laying up the ships for winter.

    January 29th, 1920

    Surfman Anderson who is ship keeper on Sub Chasers , Chicago River was directed to hospital which will probably require a few days.

    December 27th, 1920

    Boatswain (L) left station and proceeded to Sub Chaser at North Ave. Bridge, looked over all the engines and found that the Auxiliary engine which is used for generating light system, and charging storage batteries, had not been drained on the night of the 25th, by Surfman Shipley, and caused the cylinder heads and compressor to freeze and crack. Report of the above has been forwarded to District Superintendent. Returned to station at 4:00p.m.

    January 20, 1921

    District Superintendent 12 District, Green Bay Wisc., arrived at the station 10:45 A.M., mustered crew and looked at all property on the station. Departed station at 1:30 P.M. accompanied by Boatswain (L) J.O Anderson, to Sub Chasers 431, 433, 437, and launch open boat search arriving on board at 2:30 P.M. Made a thorough examination of the heater and engine which has been cracked on December 25, 1920 by neglect by Surfman Shipley and S. Martin whom were left as charge as caretakers. District Superintendent left Sub Chasers at 4:00 P.M.

    March 30th, 1921

    Note: Coast Guard General Court Closed after 4 days of hearing of accused Surfman Martin and Surfman Shipley. Officer Molloy, Super B. G. Mothberg and RC. Hiemer (JG) were conveyed on shore by surfboat.

    June 26th, 1921

    At 8:00 a.m. Boatswain (L), and two Surfman left the station for North Ave. Bridge and River. removed Sub Chaser No.431-433-437, from North Branch, Chicago River to North end of Lincoln Park Lagoon and moored safe. Permission for mooring Sub Chaser was granted to the Coast Guard by Park Commissioners, Lincoln Park. Reasons for mooring Sub Chasers is that the North Branch Chicago River being very dirty and unfit for the men to live
    on board.

    August 26th, 1921

    Letter received from District Superintendent pertaining to the Sub Chasers No. 431-433-437 to be transferred from the Coast Guard to the Navy Department. Arrangements for return of these vessels are being made with Commandant, 9th Naval Dist.

    August 31st, 1921

    Boatswain(L) J.O Anderson left station at 1000 am proceeded to Lincoln Park and completed the inventory of public property on board the three Sub Chaser 431-433-437. Transferred to the Navy Department August 31, 1921.

    Contributed by Herbert J. Harmon, CWO3
    Commanding Officer
    U. S. Coast Guard Station
    Calumet Harbor
    4001 E. 98th St Chicago ILL, 60617


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