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USCGC Air Rook (WAVR 459)
ex-USS SC-1038

Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Dog - Queen


SC-1038 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard
SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 28 November 1942 as PC-1038 by the Peterson Boats Works, Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Reclassified SC-1038 in April 1943
  • Launched 12 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS SC-1038, 16 July 1943
  • Decommissioned in December 1945
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 25 January 1946 and commissioned USCGC Air Rook (WAVR 459)
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Sold 10 January 1948 to Lowell J. Beaver of Seattle, WA for use as a freighter and renamed Rande A.
  • Sold in 1959 to Donald C. Wright of Tacoma, WA
  • Out of documentation in 1989
  • 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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    SC-1038 80k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Albert Hessberg, II, USNR16 July 1943
    02ENS A. H. Christy, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-1038
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