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USCGC Air Eider (WAVR 419)
ex-USS SC-635

Call sign:
Nan - William - Oboe - Uncle

ex-USS PC-635

SC-635 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard.

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 6 June 1942 by the Mathis Yacht Building Co., Camden, NJ
  • Launched 12 October 1942
  • Delivered 23 October 1942 and commissioned USS PC-635
  • Reclassified SC-635 in April 1943
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 8 October 1945
  • Commissioned USCGC Air Eider (WAVR 419), 19 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Sold 30 September 1947 to Harry Tonk of Point Pleasant, NJ, converted into a fishing charter vessel and renamed Yank
  • Acquired in 1954 by Land and Sea Service Co., Inc. of Newark, NJ
  • Sold in 1956 to Bronx Queen Enterprises, Inc. of Bronx, NY and renamed Bronx Queen
  • Renamed 6 in 1968
  • Renamed back to Bronx Queen in 1970
  • Acquired in 1989 by Edjac Fishing and Cruising Enterprises, Inc. of New York
  • Sank 20 December 1989 off of Ambrose Light, NJ in rough seas after she lost a plank in her bow.


  • Displacement 95 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector "Y Guns," and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,540bhp General Motors (Electro-Motive Div.) 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS SC-635
    SC-635 380k c. January 1946
    Cape May, NJ
    Mel's Place
    Replaced photo 27 November 2020
    F/V Yank
    SC-635 71k c. 1953
    Point Pleasant, NJ
    Photo from Mel's Place courtesy of Rich Johnson
    Robert Hurst
    SC-635 141k c. 1958
    Advertising Sign for the "YANK", Point Pleasant, New Jersey
    Photo from Mike's Maritime Memorabilia at Mel's Place
    Tommy Trampp
    F/V Bronx Queen
    SC-635 88k Mel's Place
    SC-635 23k Photo from Aqua Explorers Inc., 2745 Cheshire Dr, Baldwin, NY 11510 Tommy Trampp
    SC-635 262k c. 1970
    Bronx River, NY
    Joe Radigan
    Bronx Queen
    SC-635 155k Photos from Aqua Explorers Inc., 2745 Cheshire Dr, Baldwin, NY 11510 Tommy Trampp
    SC-635 76k
    SC-635 63k
    SC-635 38k

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Francis W. Ludington, Jr., USNR23 October 1942
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-635
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