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PC-1593 call sign:
Nan - Baker - Yoke - Oboe

ex-Despite (AM 89)

Adroit Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 November 1941 by the Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburg, PA
  • Launched 28 March 1942
  • Commissioned USS Despite (AM 89), 31 August 1942
  • Reclassified as a Submarine Chaser, PC-1593, 1 June 1944
  • Decommissioned 17 December 1945 at Jacksonville, FL
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 16 September 1946
  • Acquired in 1947 by Cornelius Kroll and Co. of Houston, TX for use as a tugboat and named Mustang
  • Scrapped in 1957.


  • Displacement 295 t.
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm mount, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 900hp Cooper Bessemer GNB8 diesel engines (Serial No. 1965 and 1966), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Despite (AM 89)
    PC-1593 65k Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-1593 98k 26 August 1942 Original photo: Gunter Krebs
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    PC-1593 72k Off Norfolk Navy Yard, 27 August 1943 Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-1593 35k c. 1943
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    USS PC-1593
    PC-1593 43k Bureau of Ships photo Edib Krlicbegovic

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Homer Edward Ferrill, USNR31 August 1942
    02LT Richard M. Zachariae, USN1 May 1943
    03LT John Joseph Lind, USN1 June 1943
    04LT Charles Andrew Hardy, Jr., USNR10 November 1943 - 1 March 1944
    05LT Fredric Thomas Peck, Jr., USN1 March 1944 - June 1944
    06LT John A. Foley, USNRJune 1944 - August 1945
    07LT William A. Duvall, USNRAugust 1945 - 17 December 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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