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Worland (PCE-845)

Call sign:
November - Uniform - Yankee - Bravo

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 24 July 1943 as PCE(R)-845 by the Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Co., Chicago, IL
  • Reclassified PCE-845
  • Launched 13 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-845, 1 March 1944 at New Orleans, LA
  • Placed in service in August 1947 as a Naval Reserve Training vessel assigned to the 8th Naval District (New Orleans)
  • Decommissioned, 22 December 1947 at Galveston, TX and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group
  • Recommissioned, 11 December 1950 at Chicago IL
  • Named Worland 15 February 1956
  • Decommissioned 25 May 1964 at Philadelphia, PA and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 June 1964
  • Acquired by the State of North Carolina, Cape Fear Technical Institute, Wilmington, NC, 6 August 1964 and renamed R/V Advance II
  • Sold in 1980 to the Standard Products Co., Inc. of Wilmington
  • Donated to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries 15 October 1993
  • Sunk 21 June 1994 off Kitty Hawk (Artificial Reef 145) as part of their artificial reef program.


  • Displacement 850 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33' 1"
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 99
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, three twin 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors and one depth charge thrower (hedgehog)
  • Propulsion: Two 1,800bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS PCE-845
    Worland 239k 28 May 2011
    Master-at-Arms badge (c. 1940s) found on the beach at the northern side of Hammond Bay in Lake Huron, MI
    Barbara Knight
    USS Worland (PCE 845)
    Worland 61k - Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Worland 114k c. 1950's
    Undated post card
    Caption on reverse side: THE PUBLIC DOCK. Located at the foot of Main Street, within the harbor, which facilitaes Erie, Pennsylvania, with access to and from world ports for export and import to and from the Great Lakes industrial belt.
    Tim McLaughlin
    Flagship Niagara League
    Erie Maritime Museum
    150 East Front Street
    Erie Pa 16507
    Worland 304k c. Winter 1958/1959
    Chicago, IL
    Alongside Navy pier
    James G. Brown
    Worland 96k
    Worland 77k c. 1960 Tom Kermen

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