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Courtesy of Tommy Trampp

Portage (PCE-902)

Call sign:
November - Papa - Golf - Foxtrot

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 29 January 1943 at Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 28 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-902, 30 April 1945
  • Decommissioned in 1949/1950 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA and placed in service as a naval reserve training ship
  • Named Portage 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 June 1970
  • Acquired by Standard Products Co., Inc. of Kilmarnock, VA and renamed Atlantic Venture
  • Acquired in 1989 by Ampro Fisheries, Inc. of of Burgess, VA
  • 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 gun mount, three twin 40mm gun mounts, five 20mm gun 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
    Portage 218k . Boyd Pinyon
    Portage 61k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Portage 73k Welcome aboard pamphlet .
    Portage 82k
    Portage 253k
    Portage 124k c. Summer 1954
    Lake Michigan
    Conducting high line exercise with Daniel A. Joy (DE 585)
    Photo taken from the Daniel A. Joy
    Don Garner, DE-585
    Havre/Portage 245k c. 1960
    Chicago, IL
    Moored outboard of Havre (PCE 877) at the Naval Reserve Training Center piers
    Photo by Dave Schroeder
    John Chiquoine
    Portage 210k c. 1960
    Chicago, IL
    At the Naval Reserve Training Center piers. The stern of Daniel A. Joy (DE 585) is on the left
    Photo by Dave Schroeder
    Portage 34k U.S. Navy photo from the May 1969 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Michael A. Chacszeyka, Jr., USNR30 April 1945 - August 1945
    02LT Thomas E. Murphy, USNRAugust 1945 - September 1946
    03LT Alex L. Steelman, USNRSeptember 1946 - July 1947
    04LT Edwin Curry Bain, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1945July 1947
    05LT Floyd H. "Hoss" Miller, USN - State University of New York Maritime College Class of 1953
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Medal - Retired as Rear Admiral
    July 1956 - January 1957
    06LCDR James Wesley Harris, USN - USNA Class of 1953
    Awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal
    January 1957 - 1959
    07LT John Thompson Sherrill, Jr., USN1962
    08LT George Albert Sheffield, USNSeptember 1966 - September 1968
    ??LCDR Maurice Lamar "Tex" Treiber, USN
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and Captain R. Boone Gilbreath, USA

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    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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