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Ripley (PC 808)

Call sign:
November - Yankee - Charlie - Juliet

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 16 October 1943 at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 29 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-808, 7 March 1945 at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA
  • Decommissioned in July 1946 at Milwaukee, WI and placed in service as a Naval Reserve training vessel in the 9th Naval District (Great Lakes)
  • Decommissioned 10 March 1949 at Norfolk, VA and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group
  • Named Ripley 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 April 1959
  • Sold for scrap 17 August 1959 to Hughes Brothers Inc. of New York, NY.


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 19 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount, three 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors, two depth charge tracks, and two rocket launchers
  • Propulsion: Two 1,280bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler RB-99DA diesel engines (Serial Nos. 7727 and 7728), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-808 69k . Ron Reeves
    PC-808 153k Underway in Lake Michigan near Milwaukee Bill Alden
    PC-808 153k c. 1946
    Newspaper clipping from the Milwaukee Sentinal, shows the USS PC-808 anchored in Lake Michigan inside the breakwater on the lakefront. Milwaukee at the time was celebrating their Centurama (100 years old).Underway in Lake Michigan near Milwaukee
    PC-808 153k c. July 1946
    Decommissioning ceremonies in the river in downtown Milwaukee beside Gimbel's Department Store. The ship operated off of shore power from Gimbel's. At the time downtown Milwaukee was still using 110 volt DC power.

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