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Abingdon (PC-1237)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - Lima - Zulu

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 14 February 1943 by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights, NY
  • Launched 3 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1237, 26 July 1943 at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Placed in service in July 1946 as a Naval Reserve training vessel assigned to the 9th Naval District (Great Lakes)
  • Decommissioned in October 1949 and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group, Norfolk, VA
  • Named Abingdon 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 April 1959
  • 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. 7021 and 7022), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-1237 239k Launching on 3 April 1943
    Photo from the front page of the May 1943 edition of Motorboat magazine
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-1237 232k Photographed just after launch on 3 April 1943 at Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights New York
    U.S. Navy photo NH 43505
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    USS PC-1237
    PC-1237 161k c. 1948
    On Naval Reserve duty in the Great Lakes
    Bob Daly/PC-1181

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Joseph F. Weller, Jr., USNR26 July 1943
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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