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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive
USCGC Air Oriole (WAVR 440)
Nan - Charlie - King - William
SC-987 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard.
SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:Laid down 15 June 1942 as PC-987 by John E. Matton and Sons Inc., Cohoes, NYReclassified SC-987 and launched 10 April 1943Commissioned USS SC-987, 7 June 1943 under the command of LTJG John M. Wilson, USNRDecommissioned 26 July 1945Transferred to the Coast Guard 11 October 1945 and commissioned USCGC Air Oriole (WAVR 440)Struck from the Naval Register 16 November 1945Transferred back to the Navy and sold 26 January 1948Acquired in 1951 by George L. Thompson of Wakefield, RI for use as a fishing boat and named EmpressAcquired in 1958 by the Bendiksen-Olsen Fishing Corp. of New Bedford, MA and renamed Lillian B.Acquired in 1969 by the Oceanic Lobster Corp. of Greenwich, CTAcquired in 1970 by Ruby Swindell Radford of Hobucken, NCAcquired 12 September 1974 by William Robert Radford, Jr. upon the death of Ruby RadfordAcquired in 1977 by C. T. L., Inc. of Beaufort, NC and renamed C. T. L.Acquired in 1978 by Ocean Products, Inc. of BeaufortOut of documentation in 1985Fate unknown.
Specifications:Displacement 111 t.Length 110' 10"Beam 17'Draft 6' 6"Speed 21 kts.Complement 28Armament: One 40mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector "Y Guns," and two depth charge tracksPropulsion: Two 1,540bhp General Motors (Electro-Motive Div.) 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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||c. October/November 1945
Cockspur Island, Savannah, GA
|Harry R. Skallerup
||c. January/May 1946
There is no DANFS history available for SC-987
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