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Littlehales (AGSC 7)

Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Queen - Zebra


PCS-1376 Class Patrol Craft Sweeper/Survey Ship:

  • Laid down 17 December 1942 as PC-1388 at Robert Jacob Inc., City Island, NY
  • Reclassified PCS-1388 in April 1943
  • Launched 17 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCS-1388, 11 December 1943
  • Reclassified as a Hydrographic Survey Ship, AGS-7, 28 February 1945
  • Named Littlehales, 24 March 1945
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Survey Ship, AGSC-7 in July 1946
  • Decommissioned 12 October 1949
  • Sold 24 January 1950 to Haylow Fisheries Inc. of Reedville, VA, converted to a menhaden fisherman and renamed John - O
  • Acquired in 1972 by Haynie Products, Inc. of Moss Point, MS
  • Acquired in 1975 by the Atlantic Towing Corp. of Norfolk, VA and renamed Atlantic I
  • Out of documentation in 1976
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 245 t.(lt) 340 t.(fl)
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8' 7"
  • Speed 14.1 kts.
  • Complement 59
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm gun mounts, four depth charge projectors, one depth charge projector (hedgehog) and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,000bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS PCS-1388
    PCS-1388 76k Photo courtesy of the City Island Nautical Museum Tom Nye
    PCS-1388 92k Off Iwo Jima
    U.S. Navy photo
    Ramon Jackson
    PCS-1388 265k 12 December 1944
    Showing different radar antenna
    U.S. Navy photo NH 64671
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo added 9 February 2021
    USS Littlehales (AGS 7)
    PCS-1388 79k Photographed circa 1945. This may be a post-conversion photo. The ship's 3"/50 gun is missing. The small deckhouse aft was added to support hydrographic work
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 51413 from
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Garrard C. M. Post, USNR11 December 1943 -
    02LTJG Edwin J. Richards, USNR1944
    03LT Robert C. Van Limburgh, USNNovember 1945 - November 1947
    ??LT Joe L. Bradshaw, USN.
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the PCS-1388
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
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