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USCGC Air Cormorant (WAVR 415)
ex-USS SC-536

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Fox - William

ex-USS PC-536

SC-536 served the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 29 April 1941 by the Peterson Boat Works, Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Launched 5 March 1942
  • Delivered 23 April 1942 and commissioned USS PC-536
  • Reclassified SC-536 in April 1943
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 19 February 1946 and commissioned USCGC Air Cormorant (WAVR 415)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 12 March 1946
  • Sold 9 February 1948
  • Sold in 1951 to Murray Suthergreen of Seattle, WA and renamed Moonlight Maid
  • Sold in 1970 to Petersburg Processors of Petersburg, AK
  • Acquired in 1989 by Craig M. Blau of Cordova, AK for use as a fishing boat
  • Acquired in 2005 by Varga Fisheries of Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Acquired in 2006 by Moonlight Maid, LLC of Bainbridge Island
  • Now owned by Pat and Kelly Warga of Bainbridge Island, Washington
  • Acquired in 2008 by Nathan R. Tueller of Girdwood, Alaska
  • While en route to Kodiak, AK Moonlight Maid foundered and sank 20 September 2012 about 55 miles south of Seward, AK in the vicinity of Seal Rocks, Chiswell Islands, Gulf of Alaska at 59 10.2' N, 149 30.0' W.


  • Displacement 95 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6" (fl)
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, one/two twin mount .50 cal. machine guns, two/three depth charge projector "K Guns", 14 depth charges with six single release chocks and two sets Mk 20 Mousetrap rails with four
    7.2 projectiles
  • Propulsion: Two 1,540bhp General Motors (Electro-Motive Div.) 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-536 89k Under construction Bob Daly/PC-1181
    USS PC-536
    SC-536 150k c. 1942
    U.S. Navy photo
    Lillian E. Stump Lockhart
    via Victoria Bivens
    SC-536 124k c. 1942 Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Moonlight Maid
    SC-536 83k Prince William Sound, AK
    Photo courtesy of Pat and Kelly Warga, owners from "Splinter Fleet" by Theordore R. Treadwell
    Robert Hurst
    SC-536 240k Photos courtesy of Pat and Kelly Warga, from "Splinter Fleet" by Theordore R. Treadwell
    SC-536 166k
    SC-536 189k Pat and Robert "Robin" Wood, Jr. (from left) with Robert Wood, Sr. on the back of the Midnight Maid, formerly the sub chaser that Robert Wood, Sr. (now 93) served on as a Signalman in World War II
    Photo from "The Oreganian" website dated 21 September 2012
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William F. Stokey, USNR23 April 1942
    02LTJG R. L. Heilman, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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