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Ipswich (PC 1186)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - Alpha - Golf

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 20 April 1943 at Gibbs Gas Engine Co., Jacksonville, FL
  • Launched 27 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1186, 9 June 1944
  • Decommissioned 22 July 1946 at New York City, NY and placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training vessel at the 3rd Naval District (New York)
  • Placed out of service and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Boston Group, Boston, MA
  • Named Ipswich 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 April 1959
  • Sold for scrap to Hughes Brothers, Inc.


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • 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, five 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler R-99DA diesel engines (Serial No. 7339 and 7340), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-1186 41k c. 1950
    Pictured in New York harbor as a Naval Reserve vessel. Statue of Liberty seen behind 40mm gun mount and Ellis Island off the bow.
    Bob Daly/PC-1181

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