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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Oboe - Sugar

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 3 April 1943 by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights, NY
  • Launched 15 May 1943
  • Commissioned 6 September 1943
  • Grounded and capsized 9 October 1945 at Buckner Bay, Okinawa by Typhoon Louise
  • Refloated and decommissioned 30 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 December 1945
  • Transferred to the Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1947 and sold for scrap to the Oklahoma-Philippine Co.


  • 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, two 20mm guns, four depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler
    R-99DA diesel engines (Serial No. 7033 and 7034), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-1238 115k After launching. Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-1238 22k Hulk of PC-1238 after grounding by Typhoon Louise. Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    PC-1238 122k Grounded at Buckner Bay, Okinawa
    Contributed by CMM Ray Sullivan
    Dan Sullivan
    PC-1238 482k Grounded at Buckner Bay, Okinawa Donn Cuson
    PC-1238 557k Survivors of Typhoon Louise on the beach at Buckner Bay, Okinawa

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