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Retort (PYc 49)

Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Fox - Uncle


Enaj IV and Kooyong II call sign (1923/1930):
Mike - Fox - Jig - Cast

Kooyong II, Evelyn R II and Evelyn call signs (1935/1936/1946):
King - Love - King - Dog

Submarine Chaser/Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1923 as the steam yacht Enaj IV by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, Massachusetts for Thomas G. Bennett of New Haven, CT; President of West Haven Shipyard
  • Acquired in 1930 by William E. S. Dyer of Philadelphia, PA and renamed Kooyong II
  • Registered in 1933 to the Kooyong Corp. of Philadelphia as the yacht Kooyong II
  • Acquired in 1936 by William R. Reid of Houston, TX; owner of the Houston Brick and Lumber Co. and renamed Evelyn R. II
  • Purchased 11 October 1940 by the War Shipping Administration
  • Partially converted to diesel engines at Galveston, TX
  • Conversion from steam to diesel completed at the Navy Yard Charleston, SC
  • Commissioned USS PC-458, 16 January 1941
  • Reclassified a Coastal Patrol Yacht, PYc-49 and named Retort 15 July 1943
  • Decommissioned 23 September 1944 at Philadelphia, PA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 14 October 1944
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal in October 1945
  • Acquired in 1946 by William Van Eijak of Willemstad, Curacao and renamed Evelyn
  • Out of service in 1948
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 164 t.
  • Length 120'
    1933 - 110.6'
  • Beam 20'
  • Draft 7' 6"
    1933 - 10.3'
  • Speed 12 kts.Complement: Five (1933)
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, six .30 cal. machine guns, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 6-cylinder Winton diesel engines, two shafts.
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    PC-458 80k Postcard dated 30 March 1944 Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Matthew Vaughn Carson, Jr., USNR - Awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" (1942)
    Retired as Captain, USN
    16 January 1941
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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