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Port Clinton (PC-1242)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - Uniform - Alpha

PC-663 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 22 September 1942 at Nashville Bridge Co., Nashville, TN
  • Launched 25 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1242, 12 July 1943 at New Orleans, LA
  • Decommissioned 1 January 1947
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named Port Clinton 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 December 1959
  • Sold to the Pacific Diesel Co.
  • 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 mount, one 40mm gun, five 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors, two depth charge tracks, and two rocket launchers
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 10880 and 10882), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-1242 78k At her builders. Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-1242 374k Off the Nashville Bridge Co. Shipyard, Nashville, Tennessee, 25 June 1943
    Courtesy of Ted Stone, 1977
    U. S. Navy photo NH 86363
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG G. J. O'Conner, USNR1945
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

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