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Groton (PCE-900)

Call sign:
November - Xray - Golf - Whiskey

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 11 January 1943 at Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 11 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-900, 12 April 1944
  • Assigned as a Naval Reserve Training Vessel until decommissioned
  • Decommissioned 19 August 1955 and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Boston Group
  • Named Groton 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 February 1960
  • Acquired in 1975 by Standard Products Co, Inc. of Kilmarnock, VA and renamed Atlantic Beach
  • Acquired in 1989 by Ampro Fisheries, Inc. of Burgess, VA
  • Acquired by Omega Protein, Inc. of Moss Point, MS
  • Abandoned near Reedville, Virginia
  • 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 1,000bhp General Motors 12-278A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS PCE-900
    PCE-900 303k U.S. Navy photo NH 79410 Naval History and Heritage Command
    PCE-900 45k Entering Pearl Harbor. c. 1946/1947 Charles W. Okonski
    via David Okonski
    ex-Groton (PCE 900)
    PCE-900 75k Boston © Richard Leonhardt
    PCE-900 118k
    Groton 73k Groton (PCE-900) inboard of Skowhegen (PCE-843)
    South Boston Naval Annex, 1959
    PCE-900 131k Boston

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Arthur D. Maddalena, Jr., USNR12 April 1945
    02LT Leo George Dewey Wiemer, Jr., USN1948 - 1949
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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