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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
George - Tare - Mike - Have

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

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Built by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA
  • Commissioned 15 November 1917
  • Sold 24 June 1921 to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia, PA
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 85 t.
  • Length 110'
  • Beam 14' 9"
  • Draft (fl) 5' 8"
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 26
  • Armament: One single 3"/23 gun mount, two .30 cal. machine guns, and one depth charge projector "Y Gun"
  • Propulsion: Three 220hp Standard gasoline engines, three shafts.

    National Archives photo
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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-222 298k Original photo: Group of chasers, possibly at Brest, France. Left to right: SC 271, SC 164, SC 272, SC 343, SC 181, SC 222, SC 254, SC 356, SC 323, SC 206, SC 346. En route home or to post-war assignment. During the war all of these chasers served at Queenstown, Ireland (and most also served at Plymouth, England). After the war, half a dozen from this group went on to serve in the clearing of the North Sea mine barrage
    Replacement photo: c. 1918
    Group of chasers at Passage West, near Queenstown (Cobh), County Cork, Ireland
    Original photo: The Sub Chaser Archives
    Replacement photo: Paul O'Farrell
    SC-254 34k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment Joe Radigan
    SC-254 135k
    SC-254 308k 31 May 1918
    Report of Camouflaged Ships
    During World War I there were reports filed with the Office of Naval Intelligence of ships in camouflage that visited U.S. ports. Subchasers never had standard patterns, but some commanders took initiative and created designs locally. The others are individual disruptive designs. Even the colors on SC-254 are unusual (and unique)
    National Archives photo
    Aryeh Wetherhorn
    SC-254 241k
    SC-254 241k 8 June 1918
    Report of Camouflaged Ships
    National Archives photo
    SC-254 136k
    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
    Mike Green>

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Buckeley Livermore Wells, USN15 November 1917
    02LTJG Joseph Henry Poett Howard, Jr., USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)28 December 1918
    03ENS Tappan Eustis Francis, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)1919 - 22 June 1919
    04ENS Charles F. Eager, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)22 June 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-254
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