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USC&GS Bowie (CSS 27)
ex-USS PCS-1405

Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Sugar - Xray

PCS-1405 served both the U. S. Navy and the Coast & Geodetic Survey.

PCS-1376 Class Patrol Craft Sweeper:

  • Planned as PC-1405 but reclassified PCS-1405 in April 1943
  • Laid down 1 May 1943 by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Greenport, Long Island, NY
  • Launched 21 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCS-1405, 1 February 1944
  • After shaking down in the Caribbean Sea she operated on patrol and escort duty between southern Florida and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In June 1945 PCS-1405 went to the Pacific, where she was based at
    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for some six months. Returning to the West Coast in February 1946, she was modified for survey work
  • Decommissioned in August 1946, transferred to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS), and named USC&GS Bowie (CSS 27)
  • Struck from the Navy Register in February 1947
  • Decommissioned 1 February 1967 and sold
  • Presently on the Fraser River in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 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 mount, one 40mm gun mount, two 20mm gun 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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    USS PCS-1405
    PCS-1414 155k Moored inboard of PCS-1414 Steve Franklin
    PCS-1405/1450 116k In San Francisco Bay, California, circa 1945-1946
    Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1977
    U.S. Navy photo 85161
    Naval Historical Center
    PCS-1405/1450 209k PCS-1405 (left) and PCS-1450 (right) are seen at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 21 Aug 1946. They were at the shipyard for decommissioning from 4 May to 9 Aug 1946 and were transferred to the Coast & Geodetic Survey per shipyard logs Darryl L. Baker
    PCS-1405/1450 150k PCS-1450 (left) and PCS-1405 at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 21 August 1946, after being converted for use by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. White outlines on PCS-1450 mark recent alterations
    U.S. Navy photos NH 99209, NH 99210 and NH 99211
    Naval Historical Center
    PCS-1405/1450 158k
    PCS-1405/1450 159k
    USC&GS Bowie (CSS 27)
    PCS-1405/1450 67k USC&GS Bowie with Golden Gate bridge in background NOAA
    PCS-1405/1450 87k USC&GS Bowie at dress ship for 4th of July.
    PCS-1405/1450 79k USC&GS Bowie
    PCS-1405/1450 78k c. 1965
    Bowie bow visible at left and USC&GSS Hodgson (CSS-26) tied up pierside
    NOAA photo
    Robert Hurst
    MV Bowie
    PCS-1405/1450 25k c. January 2003
    Slatery Bay, near Powell River, British Columbia
    MV Bowie Website
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PCS-1405
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    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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