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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Three Sisters call sign:
William - How - Able - Oboe

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Commissioned USS SC 34, 9 January 1918
  • Sold 24 June 1921 to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia, PA
  • Registered in 1927 to Lemuel Firth of Gloucester, MA for use as a Cod fishing boat Three Sisters
  • Registered in 1949 to Antonio Ritondo of Gloucester as the fishing boat Three Sisters
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 85 t.
    1927 - 78 t.
  • Length 110'
    1927 - 104.3'
  • Beam 14' 8.75"
    1927 - 15'
  • Draft 5' 8"
    1927 - 8.1'
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 27
    1927 - 14
    1948 - 15
  • Armament: One single 3"/23 gun mount, two .30 cal. machine guns, and one depth charge projector "Y Gun"
  • Propulsion: Three Standard 220hp gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-34 135k National Archives photo Dan Treadwell
    SC-127, SC-34 & SC-36 248k Moored between SC-127 and SC-36
    National Archives photo
    SC-34 478k c. 1918
    Devonport, England
    Submarine chasers SC-226, SC-351, SC-224 in dry dock with an unidentified SC, SC-97 and SC-34 astern of them
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 1864
    Mike Green
    SC-120 897k At the Quartermasters Terminal, Boston, Massachusetts, on 23 May 1919, after their arrival from overseas. Many of these SCs are flying long Homeward Bound pennants. The group at left includes (from left): SC-120, SC-130, and six other subchasers. The four subchasers at right are (from inboard to outboard): unidentified SC, SC-220, SC-34
    and SC-222
    Panoramic photograph by the F.A. George Photo Company, 680 Mass. Ave., Boston
    Donation of Gwyndolyn Towles, April 2007
    U.S. Navy photo NH 105181
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-34
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