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USCGC Air Plover (WAVR 453
ex-USS SC-1023

Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Able - Queen

ex-USS PC-1023

SC-1023 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 15 June 1942 by the Mathis Yacht Building Co., Camden, NJ
  • Launched 28 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-1023, 18 December 1942
  • Reclassified SC-1023 in April 1943
  • Rescued survivors of the U.S. freighter Melville E. Stone along with SC-662 that was torpedoed 24 November 1943 by the German submarine U-516 about 100 miles northwest of Cristobal, Canal Zone
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 23 October 1945 and commissioned USCGC Air Plover (WAVR 453)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 16 November 1945
  • Sold 25 February 1948
  • Acquired in the late 1950's by West India Shipping, Ltd. of Matthew Town, Inagua, Bahamas for use as a mail/passenger boat
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 105 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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