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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
George - Boy - Tare - Vice

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Oboe - Love - Quack

Madonna call sign (1948):
William - Fox - Peter - Sugar

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down in 1917 by Howard E. Wheeler, Brooklyn, NY
  • Commissioned USS SC-168, 8 April 1918
  • Sold 24 June 1921 to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia, PA
  • Resold to Captain Franklin Hammer of Brooklyn, NY and named Whitby II
  • Registered in 1933 to John J. Doyle of Jersey City, NJ as the passenger vessel Sunbeam
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1942 and reclassified as a District Patrol Craft, YP-178
  • Found unsuitable and sold in June 1942
  • Registered in 1948 to Guiseppe Virgillo of Gloucester, MA as the fishing boat Madonna
  • Abandoned and dismantled in 1959.


  • Displacement 85 t.
    1933 - 79 t.
  • Length 110'
    1933 - 104.3'
  • Beam 14' 8.75"
  • Draft 5' 8"
    1933 - 8.3'
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 27
    1933 - Six
    1948 - 14
  • Armament: One 3"/23 gun mount, two .30-cal machine guns, and one depth charge projector "Y Gun"
  • Propulsion: Three 220hp Standard gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Fishing Boat Whitby II
    SC-122 70k c. 1939
    Whitby II and Effort III, ex-SC-122
    Mel's Place
    SC-168 88k c. 1940
    Whitby II seen here after returning to Sheepshead Bay after a day of fishing. A green painted hull was a 'trademark' of the family's boats that started with the original Whitby, A.K.A. the "Green Dragon" at Canarsie, Brooklyn in 1909

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-168
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    The Sub Chaser Archives
    by Todd Woofenden
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