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Castine (IX 211)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Victor - Tare

PC-452 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • The second Castine was laid down 14 March 1940 by the DeFoe Boat and Motor Works, Bay City, MI as Hull No. 167, under the Experimental Small Craft program of 17 May 1938. Called "X-Boats,"
    they differed in detail and were listed as 165 footers
  • Launched 23 August 1941 and towed to the Philadelphia Navy Yard to be fitted out with boilers
  • PC-452 was to be used as a steam turbine test bed hull
  • Commissioned USS PC-452, 26 July 1943
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-211 and named Castine 10 March 1945
  • Decommissioned 3 October 1945 and laid up at Philadelphia, PA
  • Advertised for sale by the Maritime Commission in the 21 October 1946 edition of the Miami News
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal in January 1947
  • Fate unknown.

    PC-452 Specifications:

  • Displacement 348 t.
  • Length 173' 8''
  • Beam 23'
  • Propulsion: Two Beasler boilers with Delaval turbines, two shafts.

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    USS Castine (IX 211)
    Castine 580k

    Castine is a town in Hancock County in eastern Maine. The population was 1,366 at the 2010 census. Castine is the home of Maine Maritime Academy, a four-year institution that graduates officers and engineers for the United States Merchant Marine and marine related industries. Approximately 1000 students are enrolled. During the French colonial period, Castine was the southern tip of Acadia and served as the regional capital between 1670 and 1674.

    During the 17th and early 18th century, New France defined the Kennebec River as the southern boundary of Acadia, which put Castine within Acadia. The town is named after Jean-Vincent d'Abbadie de Saint-Castin

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 1 October 2021
    PC-452 186k Line drawing by A. D. Baker, III from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman Robert Hurst
    PC-452 53k 7 July 1941
    Before launching
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-452 51k 7 July 1941
    Before launching
    National Archives photo 19-N-24533

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG R. C. Smith, USNR1940
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for Castine (IX 211)
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