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Beeville (PC 617)

Call sign:
November - Uniform - Yankee - Sierra

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 29 March 1942 by George Lawley and Sons, Inc., Neponset, MA
  • Launched 18 July 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-617, 28 August 1942 at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
  • Decommissioned 16 August 1946 at Green Cove Springs, FL and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Named Beeville 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 5 September 1957
  • Sold for scrap 5 August 1958 to Ships and Power, Inc. of Miami, FL.


  • Displacement 280 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 Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines (Serial No. 832369 and 832370), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-617 83k Launch day Bob Daly/PC-1811
    Beeville 69k c. 1945.
    Off Normandy, France
    E. J. Comeau
    PC 553/1228

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