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SC-504



Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Mike - Able

ex-PC-504


SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 30 January 1941 by the Rice Brothers Corp., East Boothbay, ME
  • Launched 14 March 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-504, 4 May 1942
  • Reclassified SC-504 in September 1942
  • Decommissioned in December 1945 at Seattle, WA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 21 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 30 September 1946
  • Acquired in 1947 by the Western Fisheries Co. of Seattle for use as a fishing boat and named Wesco No. 50
  • Sold to the Parks Canning Co. of Seattle, WA for $10,000 and renamed Pacific Laurel
  • Operated in 1951 under the Canadian flag out of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • On 4 August 2006, the Pacific Laurel was taking on water about 126 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii and issued a distress call. A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 cargo plane dropped dewatering pumps and two U.S. Navy ships
    USS Peleliu (LHA-5) and USS Port Royal (CG-73) rescued four people using several helicopters
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 148 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 15.6 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector "Y Guns" and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    SC-504
    SC-504 20k Rice Brothers Corporation (East Boothbay, Maine) was founded by his grandfather Henry W. Rice and his brothers William and Frank in 1892. Henry bought out his brothers and ran the yard with his sons, Donald, Baxter (Roberts father) and Carl until 1956. The yard was sold several times afterward and was bought by Washburn & Doughty in 1988. The picture shows the yard from the water front in 1942, the PC-504 (later SC-504) on the left is ready for launching, the PC-503 (later SC-503) is fitting out and the YMS-12 is dockside fitting out .
    Pacific Laurel
    SC-504 78k c. April 1973
    Campbell Avenue Docks, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Photo courtesy of University of British Columbia Historical Photographs)
    Robert Hurst
    SC-504 50k Photo courtesy of University of British Columbia Historical Photographs)
    SC-504 74k Photo courtesy of University of British Columbia Historical Photographs)
    SC-504 82k Taking on water
    U.S. Coast Guard video from http://www.splinterfleetorg/sfafloat.php courtesy of Theodore R. Treadwell
    SC-504 112k A Coast Guard C-130 dropping a dewatering pump to Pacific Laurel
    U.S. Coast Guard video from http://www.splinterfleetorg/sfafloat.php courtesy of Theodore R. Treadwell

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG John T. Peirce, USNR4 May 1942
    02LTJG J. G. Auperin, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-504
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