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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Oboe - Fox - King

Bernice call sign (1927):
Mike - Dog - Nan - George

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down at Hiltebrant Dry Dock Co., Camden, NJ
  • Commissioned USS SC-83, 21 February 1918
  • Sold 24 June 1921 to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia, PA
  • Registered in 1927 to R. H. Arnold of Washington, DC as the yacht Bernice
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 85 t.
    1927 - 121 t.
  • Length 110'
    1927 - 104.8'
  • Beam 14' 8.75"
    1927 - 14.8'
  • Draft 5' 8"
    1927 - 7.8'
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 27
  • 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
    1927 - Removed two main engine and shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-83 82k The Sub Chaser Archives
    SC-83 108k
    SC-83 139k
    SC-83 36k
    SC-83 103k

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS James Lyman McFadden, USNRF1918
    02ENS(T) W. G. Payne, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-83
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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