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Grafton (EPCS 1431)

Call sign:
November - Tango - Victor - Xray


PCS-1376 Class Patrol Craft Sweeper:

  • Originally planned as PC-1431 but reclassified PCS-1431 in April 1943
  • Laid down 12 May 1943 at Gibbs Gas Engine Corp., Jacksonville, FL
  • Launched 2 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCS-1431, 24 March 1944
  • Decommissioned 13 July 1955 and placed in service as a naval reserve training vessel
  • Named Grafton 15 February 1956
  • Reclassified as an Experimental Patrol Craft Sweeper, EPCS-1431
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1965
  • Sold in April 1966
  • 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 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-1431
    PCS-1431 44k U.S. Navy photo from the July 1951 issue of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    USS Grafton (EPCS 1431)
    PCS-1431 105k U.S. Navy photo 441720 David Buell

    Commanding Officers
    01LT George J. Meyer, USN24 March 1944
    ??LT Hugh St. Clare Sease, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1951.
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

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