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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Queen - Zebra

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 6 May 1942 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI
  • Launched 12 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-583, 2 September 1942
  • Decommissioned in July 1946 at San Diego, CA
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 9 July 1948
  • Acquired by the Pan-American Food Corp. of San Diego, CA for use as a fishing boat and named M/V Pan American
  • Operated in 1953 under the Mexican flag
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 295 t.(lt), 450 t.(fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20.2 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount;, three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 7777 and 7778), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-583 68k . Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-583 111k Colorized version of the above photo by Larry Nielson, as a birthday gift for his father who served aboard the 583
    during WWII.

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG David Spencer Bill, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1939
    Awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" - Retired as Captain
    2 September 1942 - 1943
    02LTJG S. E. Owen, USNR1945
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-583
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    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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