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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Xray - How - Peter


SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 9 May 1942 as PC-729 by the Harbor Boat Building Co., Terminal Island, CA
  • Launched 25 January 1943
  • Reclassified and commissioned SC-729, 19 April 1943
  • Decommissioned 1 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 3 March 1948
  • Acquired in 1948 by Ernest A. Judd of Los Angeles, CA for use as a tug boat and named Pacific Explorer
  • Acquired in 1950 by the Pacific Towboat and Salvage Co. of Long Beach, CA
  • Out of documentation in 1951
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 95 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, two depth chrge projector "K Guns," 14 depth charges with six single release chocks, two sets Mk 20 Mousetrap rails with
    four 7.2 projectiles
  • Propulsion: Two 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SC-729 295k K-Guns
    U.S. Navy photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Vol. 1" by John Lambert and Al Ross
    Robert Hurst
    SC-729 74k c. 1943
    Fitting out at the Harbor Boat Building Co.
    SC-729 113k
    SC-729 132k
    SC-729 85k

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Gerald C. Maechler, USNR19 April 1943
    02LTJG W. K. Fohl, USNR1945
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for SC-729
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