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SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 14 May 1942 by the Vinyard Shipbuilding Co., Milford, Delaware
  • Launched 5 November 1942
  • Commissioned PC-983, 16 January 1943 under the command of LTJG Ralph Orews, USNR
  • Reclassified SC-983 in April 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register 3 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 11 April 1947
  • Acquired in 1948 by Harold M. Bludworth of Houston, TX and named S.S.C. II
  • Acquired in 1950 by the Sea Service Co., Inc. of Houston
  • Acquired in 1951 by the Arrow Shrimp Co. of Port Isabel, TX for use as a fishing boat and renamed Arrow
  • Burned 11 November 1955 in the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles northeast of Aransas Pass, TX.


  • Displacement 148 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 15.6 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector "K Guns," and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    SC-983 118k Crew photo
    The Commanding Officer, LT(Jg) Edwin Davies Harrison, standing in the foreground, to the immediate left and slightly in front of the Chief Petty Officer
    Robert W. Harrison

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-983
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