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Elsmere (EPCS 1413)

Call sign:
November - Tango - Tango - Victor

PCS-1376 Class Patrol Craft Sweeper:

  • Laid down 25 January 1943 as PC-1413 by the Stadium Yacht Basin, Cleveland, OH
  • Reclassified PCS-1413 in April 1943
  • Launched 21 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCS-1413, 16 November 1943
  • Completed 22 November 1943
  • Named Elsmere, 15 February 1956 (after a town in New Castle County, Delaware)
  • Reclassified as an Experimental Patrol Craft Sweeper, EPCS-1413
  • Decommissioned 1 October 1960 and struck from the Naval Register
  • Fate Sank while in storage in Miami FL and scrapped.


  • 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
    1952 - Replaced 3"/50 with one Hedgehog depth charge projector, removed 40mm and 20mm mounts, four depth charge projectors and extra Hedgehog
  • Propulsion: Two 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS PCS-1413
    PCS-1413 46k Joe Radigan
    USS Elsmere (EPCS 1314)
    PCS-1413 67k Jim Swank
    PCS-1413 39k Moored at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 28 September 1960. This photo was taken shortly before the ship was decommissioned and stricken, 1 October 1960
    Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, George D. McDowell Collection
    Mike Green
    PCS-1413 109k c. 1960
    Philadelphia, PA
    Moored under the Delaware River Bridge
    Jim Swank
    PCS-1413 131k c. Philadelphia, PA
    PCS-1413 78k

    There is no DANFS history available for Elsmere (PCS 1413)
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