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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
George - Tare - Love - Fox

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

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down by the Matthews Boat Co., Port Clinton, OH
  • Commissioned 7 November 1917
  • Sold 24 June 1921 to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia, PA
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 85 t.
  • Length 110'
  • Beam 14' 8.75"
  • Draft 5' 8"
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 27
  • 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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    SC-178 90k Probably shown running trials before completion of fitting out. Note absence of armament
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42590
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    SC-178 & 329 116k USS Arethusa [AO 7] fueling submarine chasers during an Atlantic crossing in mid-1918. The photo is from a scrapbook created by George Graham Smith of USS SC-254 that was broken up and sold on Ebay. Submarine chasers pictured are SC-178 and SC-329. The group left New London on 28 June 1918 and after stopping at Bermuda on 2-7 July and at Ponta Delgada [Azores] on 20-27 July arrived at Brest [France] on 5 August, Plymouth [England] on 11 August, and their initial duty station at Queenstown [Ireland] on 21 August. Arethusa probably escorted the group from New London to the Azores
    Photo from Shipscribe website
    Mike Green
    SC-178 289k Sub Chasers docked in Holyhead, Wales, celebrating Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. Identifiable here, are SC-178, SC-254 and SC-329
    Photo from National Archives Collection Catalog UA 43.05.01
    SC-40 113k In a North Sea port, probably Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, during the the North Sea mine barrage clearance operation in 1919. These subchasers are, from left to right: SC-356, SC-182,
    SC-40, SC-272, SC-178
    and one SC with a number "20-" that can not be completely made out. Halftone reproduction, published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 144.
    Donation of Chief Storekeeper Charles A. Free
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99791
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo added 14 July 2021
    SC-178 130k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment Joe Radigan
    SC-78, 40, 47, 143 & 110 191k Part of the hundreds of World War I submarine chasers tied up at the Port Newark Army Base, New Jersey, awaiting disposition, 13 May 1920. Those identified include: USS SC-78 (believed to be SC-178 as SC-78 was sold in June 1919 in Italy), USS SC-40, USS SC-47, USS SC-143, and USS SC-110
    Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California, 1969
    U.S. Navy photo NH 69166
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo added 14 July 2021

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Douglass Van Dyke, USNRF7 November 1917
    02ENS Thomas Robins, Jr., USN1918
    03ENS Frederick A. Olsen, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)
    Retired as Lieutenant
    1918 - 15 June 1919
    04ENS Walter F. Zielinski, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)15 June 1919
    05ENS E. J. Crawford, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-178
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