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Pascagoula (PCE 874)

Call sign:
November - Yankee - India - Juliet

Pascagoula served the Navies of the United States and Ecuador

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down, 1 March 1943 at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland, Oregon
  • Launched, 11 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-874, 31 December 1943
  • Decommissioned 25 November 1946 at New Orleans, LA and placed in service the same day as a Naval Reserve training ship
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists assignment as a Naval Reserve vessel as August 1947
  • Named Pascagoula, 15 February 1956
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Navy Register 1 May 1959
  • Transferred 5 December 1960, on loan, under the Military Assistance Program to Ecuador and renamed BAE Manabi (E-02)
  • Reclassified E-23 later in 1960
  • Reclassified P-23 in 1970
  • Sold to Ecuador 30 August 1978
  • Struck from Ecuadorian Navy list in 1980
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 projector (hedgehog)
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS PCE-874
    PCE-874 128k c. 1953
    Docking at NAS Corpus Christi, TX
    Harry Kalbach
    PCE-874 124k c. December 1955
    Post card of PCE-874 entering the harbor at Havana, Cuba
    Orson Rathburn, Jr.
    Manabi (E 02)
    PCE-874 91k c. 1963
    Ecuadorian Navy photo from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Roger W. Mabie, USNR31 December 1943
    02ENS W. H. Dietz, USNRAugust 1946
    03LCDR Robert R. Barr, USNR1 September 1946
    04LT H. M. Watson, USNRJanuary 1947
    05LT Milan Stephen Cerstvik, USNApril 1947
    ??LCDR Richard Bruce Darling, USN
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Pascagoula (PCE-874)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Booklet of General Plans
    from the Historic Naval Ships Association website
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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