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USCGC Mehalatos (CGSC 197)

Call sign (1922):
George - Vice - King - Love

ex-USS SC-197

Call sign:
George - Boy - Watch - Dog

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Oboe - Mike - Tare

SC-197 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Built by the General Shipbuilding and Aero Corp., Alexandria, VA
  • Commissioned USS SC-197, 15 April 1918
  • Decommissioned 12 August 1919 at Norfolk, VA
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 14 November 1919 at Norfolk, VA and named USCGC Mehalatos (CGSC 197)
  • Named for Oiler 1/c Gerassemos Mehalatos, USCG a member of the torpedoed USCGC Tampa, lost during World War I
  • Her equipment was removed and stored at the USCG Depot at Curtis Bay, MD in December 1922
  • Decommissioned 1 January 1923
  • Sold 29 January 1923 to George Johnson of Baltimore, MD for $454.00
  • Registered in 1926 to the Trueman Fertilizer Co. of Jacksonville, FL as the fishing boat J. J. McGrath
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 85 t.
    1926 - 78 t.
  • Length 110'
    1926 - 104.8'
  • Beam 14' 9"
  • Draft 5' 8"
    1926 - 8'
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 27
    1926 - 15
  • Armament: One 3"/23 gun mount, two .30 cal. machine guns and one depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Three 220bhp Standard gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-104 395k Inboard profile, inboard arrangement, deck plan, 110 foot U.S. submarine chaser
    U.S. Navy photo NH 83619
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Howard William Bradbury, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-197
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