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Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Baker - King

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 26 October 1942 by the Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
  • Launched 25 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1222, 7 July 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 March 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in April 1947
  • Sold 22 June 1947 to Lucienne Benitez Rexach of San Pedro de Marcoris, Cuidad Trujillo, Dominican Republic and named Gosse
  • Sold in 1959 to John Kallimbios of Maricaibo, Venezuela and renamed Mar Jan
  • Sold in 1967 to George Simmonuti of Maracaibo
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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. 7069 and 7070), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-1222 69k Ted Stone photo taken 22 April 1947 at the temporary reserve fleet anchorge in Bayonne Bay, New Jersey. Bob Daly/PC-1181
    M/V Gosse
    M/V Gosse 82k . Bob Daly/PC-1181


    On the 22nd of June 1947, the ex-PC-1222 was sold by the Maritime Commission to a Dominican business man by the name of Lucienne Benitez Rexach of San Pedro deMacoris, Ciudad Trujillo, Dominican Republic. On that date she was removed from the temporary Naval Reserve Fleet anchorage in Newark Bay and turned over to Gustav Guillot, delivery skipper for the new owner. With a civilian crew aboard she was delivered to a shipyard at her new home port of San Perdo de Marcoris, on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. By the end of 1948 her conversion to the yacht Gosse was completed at a cost of over one million dollars.

    Her salons and owners staterooms were a work of art with hand carved woodwork and paneling. All of the staterooms were air conditioned, equipped with telephones and private bathroom facilities. The boat deck was set up for entertaining with a bar, dance floor, tables and chairs for seating guests. There are two complete galleys to serve the over 110 people.

    Twin 1440 h.p. H.O.R. R-99DA "Hamilton" diesels (Serial Nos. 7069 & 7070) provided speeds up to 18 knots with a cruising speed of 14 knots. It had a 6,000 nautical mile range at 12 knots. The auxiliary engines, shipboard equipment and electronic features were of the latest design. The Gosse had a fortune in spare parts including a complete spare H.O.R. main engine.

    In 1948 and again in 1951 she crossed the Atlantic to winter in the Mediterranean. In 1951, she won the Gran Prix at Cannes, France in the International Yacht Contest. She was shipyard maintained and always kept in
    "Bristol" shape.

    From 1953 on she was available for private charter and was put up for sale in 1955 for $360,000 because her owner had built a larger yacht. In 1959 she was sold to John Kallimbios of Maricaibo, Venezuela who renamed her Mar Jan.

    In 1967 she was resold to George Simmonuti also of Maracaibo. It appears that at this time she was removed from the U.S. Register. No further trace could be found.

    R. W. Daly/PC-1181

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