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Hollidaysburg (PCS 1385)

Call sign:
November - Tango - Quebec - Quebec


PCS-1376 Class Patrol Craft Sweeper:

  • Planed as PC-1385 but reclassified PCS-1385 in April 1943
  • Laid down 8 May 1943 at Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, Long Island, NY
  • Launched 26 August 1944
  • Completed 4 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS PCS-1385, 5 October 1944
  • Named Hollidaysburg 15 February 1956
  • Decommissioned 6 April 1956 and placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training ship at Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio
  • Placed out of service in 1967
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1970
  • Sold in 1971 to Herbert Hansen of Somers Point, NJ and renamed Challenger
  • Sold to B. L. Spencer of Merritt Island, FL
  • Sold in 1973 and operating under British flag, probably the Bahamas or one of the British Colonies in the Caribbean
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 245 t. (lt), 338 t. (fl)
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8' 7"
  • Speed 14.1 kts.
  • Complement 57
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 20mm gun mount, four depth charge projectors, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), and two depth charge tracks
    1952 - Replaced 3"/50 mount with one Hedgehog depth charge projector and removed one depth charge track
  • Propulsion: Two 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Hollidaysburg 103k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Hollidaysburg 228k c. 1967
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Hollidaysburg 46k c. July 1969
    At Toronto, Canada
    David E. Learn, USNR
    Hollidaysburg 46k c. August 1969
    On Lake Erie, near Toledo, OH

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Wilson W. Tarleton, USN5 October 1944
    ??LT Robert Martin Collins, USN - Awarded two Silver Star Medals, the Legion of Merit with Combat "V", three Bronze Stars with Combat "V", four Purple Hearts, seven Air Medals, the Joint Service Commandation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and the Combat Action Ribbon
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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