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Prescott (PCS 1423)

Call sign:
November - Tango - Uniform - Zulu


PCS-1376 Class Patrol Craft Sweeper:

  • Originally planned as PC-1423 but reclassified PCS-1423 in April 1943
  • Laid down 22 December 1942 at Burger Boat Co., Manitowoc, Wisconsin
  • Launched 22 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCS-1423, 16 November 1943 at New Orleans, LA
  • Decommissioned 18 June 1955 at Vicksburg, Mississippi and placed in service as a naval reserve training vessel
  • Named Prescott 15 February 1956
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Navy Register 1 March 1962
  • Sold 27 June 1962 to Frank Reis of Long Island, NY
  • Later the fishing boat Prescott out of Cape Charles, VA
  • Still in service in 1978
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 251 t.
  • 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
  • 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
    USS PCS-1423
    Prescott 67k Bill Tennison
    Prescott 148k World War II photograph
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89237
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Prescott 67k February 1963
    Ashore after its towing vessel, the fishing craft Sea King, struck a rock jetty at Barnegat Inlet, New Jersey, and sank. The Prescott had just been purchased from the Navy at Brooklyn, New York
    Courtesy of Gene B. Reid, West Islip, New York, 30 April 1964
    U.S. Navy photo NH 3040
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Prescott 144k Aground in February 1963 after being purchased from the Navy. She was being towed south from Brooklyn, NY when her towing vessel, the fisherman Sea King, struck the stone jetty off Barnegat Inlet (NJ) and sank in the surf about 1 mile south of the inlet. The Prescott went high and dry two hundred yards south of the Sea King (on the right). Both were saved were still fishing in 1965
    Courtesy Gene Reid Collection
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo UA 455.12
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG William C. Hall, Jr., USNR16 November 1943 - January 1945
    02LTJG Abraham Saleson, USNRJanuary 1945 - May 1945
    03LT Charles A. Penn, Jr., USNRMay 1945 - 3 July 1945
    04LT George J. Meyer, USNR3 July 1945 - September 1945
    05LTJG Bruce Barton, Jr., USNRSeptember 1945 - March 1946
    06LTJG D. N. Griffin, USNRMarch 1946
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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