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Beaufort (PCS 1387)

Call sign:
November - Tango - Quebec - Whiskey


PCS-1376 Class Patrol Craft Sweeper:

  • The fourth Beaufort was planed as PC-1387 but reclassified PCS-1387 in April 1943
  • Laid down 22 May 1943 by the Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, Long Island, NY
  • Launched 10 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS PCS-1387, 27 November 1944
  • Named Beaufort 15 February 1956
  • Decommissioned 26 March 1956 at St. Petersburg, FL and placed in service as a naval reserve training ship
  • Struck from the Navy Register 15 July 1967 and moved to Naval Weapons Laboratory Dahlgren, VA for use as a target
  • Sold in July 1972 to Mr. David Hahn of Belize, British Honduras.


  • Displacement 245 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8' 7"
  • Speed 14.1 kts.
  • Complement 57
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one 40mm mount, two 20mm mounts, four depth charge projectors, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), and two depth charge tracks
  • 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
    PCS-1387 27k . Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    PCS-1387 95k Photographed circa the later 1940s.
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1976.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 85019
    Naval Historical Center
    PCS-1387 72k Photo from the collection of William Blackstock, SM2/c who served in Beaufort 14 March 1957 - 4 June 1958 Anna Hall
    PCS-1387 100k Somewhere in the Bahamas
    Photo caption: "No dock or piers but deep water so we moored to a large rock! A channel was being dredged for installing a dock for oil drilling rigs."
    Photo from the collection of William Blackstock, SM2/c who served in Beaufort 14 March 1957 - 4 June 1958
    PCS-1387 335k c. 1950s/1960s
    Key West, FL
    U.S. Navy photo
    Original photo: Wikipedia
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Anthony C. Kupris, USNR22 November 1944
    02LT Ray Halbert Bradshaw, USN.
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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