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USCGC Air Drake (WAVR 418)
ex-USS SC-541

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Easy - Roger


SC-541 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 1 August 1941 by the Robinson Marine Construction Co., Benton Harbor, MI
  • Launched 11 April 1942
  • Delivered 6 May 1942 and commissioned USS PC-541
  • Reclassified SC-541 in April 1943
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 14 July 1945
  • Commissioned USCGS Air Drake (WAVR 418), 31 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 16 November 1945
  • Acquired in 1949 by Thomas Lawson and Co. of New York, NY for use as a fishing boat and renamed Drake
  • Acquired in 1954 by the Frozenat-Sea Corp. of Marathon, FL
  • Operated in 1956 under the British flag
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 95 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6" (fl)
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one twin .50 cal. machine gun, two "K Guns", 14 depth charges with six single release chocks, and two sets Mk 20 Mousetrap rails with four 7.2 projectiles
  • Propulsion: Two 1,540bhp General Motors Electro-Motive Div. 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Oscar L. Otterson, USNR6 May 1942
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-541
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