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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Charlie - How


Grounded 21 January 1943

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 10 June 1942 by the Elizabeth City Shipyard, Elizabeth City, NC
  • Launched 15 July 1942
  • Commissioned PC-709, 16 November 1942
  • Lost by grounding 21 January 1943 off of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Reclassified SC-709 in April 1943.


  • Displacement 105 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17' 11"
  • Draft 6' 6"(fl)
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 26
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two .30 cal. machine guns, two "Mousetrap" depth charge projectors and one depth charge projector "Y gun"
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-709 76k 16 November 1942
    Eric Wiberg
    SC-709 56k January 1943
    Grounded off of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Photo courtesy Royal Canadian Air Force
    T. R. Treadwell
    Splinter Fleet website
    SC-709 75k SC-709 as she loses her battle with ice, off of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia on 21 January 1943
    Photo courtesy Jean Kyte from "Splinter Fleet" by Theodore R. Treadwell
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-709
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