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Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Rush - King

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

SC-1 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down by the College Point Boat Co., College Point, NY
  • Commissioned USS SC-354, 2 March 1918
  • Sold 24 June 1921 to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia, PA
  • Resold later in 1921 and named Frankie and Rose
  • Registered in 1927 to Benjamin Pine of Gloucester, MA as the fishing boat 354
  • Registered in 1931 to Ray Adams of Gloucester, MA as the Cod fishing boat Frank W. Wilkisson
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 85 t.
    1927 - 79 t.
  • Length 110'
    1927 - 104.3'
  • Beam 14' 8.75"
    1927 - 14.9'
  • Draft 5' 8"
    1927 - 8.3'
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement 27
    1927 - 12
  • 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 screws.
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    USS SC-354
    SC-48 86k Chasers in dry-dock, Devonport, England
    Left front is SC 259, middle front is SC 48, right rear is SC 354
    The Sub Chaser Archives
    SC-95 92k Moored at Muirtown, Scotland near the Caledonian Canal, where they passed through the locks en route to the White Sea:
    SC 354 (hull letters BT), SC 95 (hull letters AS) and SC 256 (hull letters AR)
    G.S. Dole Collection.
    SC-354 30k Moored at Muirtown, Scotland
    G.S. Dole Collection
    SC-354 98k Solovetzki Islands, Onega Bay of the White Sea, Russia
    RADM Newton A. McCully, USN Commander U.S. Navy Forces in Northern Russia holds a "party" on board
    Photo from "The Cinderellas of the Fleet" by LTJG William Washburn Nutting, Construction Corps, USNRF
    Joe Radigan
    SC-39 66k A number of submarine chasers in english waters. SC-39, SC-342 and SC-354 are in the foreground The Sixtant.Com World War II in the South Atlantic website
    SC-354 155k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment Joe Radigan
    Lapwing 118k Review of the Atlantic Fleet Minesweeping Squadron, November 1919. Ships of the squadron anchored in the Hudson River, off New York City, while being reviewed by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels on 24 November 1919, following their return to the United States after taking part in clearing the North Sea mine barrage. Identifiable ships present include (left column, from front to rear): USS Turkey (Minesweeper No. 13); USS Quail (Minesweeper No. 15) with SC-354 alongside; USS Lark (Minesweeper No. 21) with SC-208 alongside; USS Swan (Minesweeper No. 34) with SC-356 alongside; and USS Flamingo (Minesweeper No. 32) with an unidentified submarine chaser alongside. (right column, from front to rear): USS Thrush (Minesweeper No. 18); Two unidentified minesweepers, one of which is probably USS Lapwing (Minesweeper No. 1); USS Kingfisher (Minesweeper No. 25); and, in no particular order, tugs Patapsco and Patuxent. USS SC-245 is at the far right, passing between the two anchored columns
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44904
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    SC-37 106k Docked at New York City, 24 November 1919, after returning from the North Sea mine fields. Present are SCs- 45, 47, 95, 207, 37, 354, 259, 272, 182 and 44
    Courtesy of BMC Charles E. McGonagle, USN (RET) 1967
    U.S. Navy photo NH 48928
    SC-354 205k Probably awaiting sale Dave Wright

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Charles Ellis Mead, USNRF11 February 1919
    02ENS Archie Vanderwall, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)1919
    03LTJG George S. Dole, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-354
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