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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign (1919):
George - Boy - Tare - Nan

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Oboe - Love - King

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down at F. M. Blount, Pensacola, FL
  • Commissioned 17 September 1917
  • SC-159 was assigned to aviation patrol out of Charleston, South Carolina, from 1921 to 1926
  • Sold 16 November 1926 to L. L. Lively of Charleston
  • Registered in 1935 to P. J. Derieux of Tappahannock, VA as the freight boat R. A. Lancaster
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 98 t.
    1935 - 78 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6" (fl)
  • Speed 17 kts.
  • Complement 27
    1935 - Two
  • Armament: One 3"/23 mount, two .30 cal. machine guns and one depth charge projector (Y-gun)
  • Propulsion: Three 220hp gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    SC-159 380k Original photo: 24 September 1919
    H-16 flying boat with submarine chaser SC-159
    National Archives photo

    Replacement photo: 24 September 1919
    H-16 (Bu No. 851) alongside submarine chaser SC-159. According to its history card, A-851 was stationed at NAS Pensacola her whole career and was stricken after a hard landing on 19 December 1919
    National Archives photo 80-G-1033
    Original photo: Dan Treadwell
    Replacement photo: David Wright
    SC-159 240k Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman Robert Hurst
    SC-159 217k September 1926
    Blown aground by Hurricane No. Seven (The Great Miami Hurricane), near Pensacola, Florida
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo No.2008.142.001.021
    Mike Green

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-159
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    The Sub Chaser Archives
    by Todd Woofenden
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