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USCGC Air Snipe (WAVR 465)
ex-USS SC-1068

Call sign:
Nan - Fox - King - Mike


SC-1068 served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard.

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 10 December 1942 as PC-1068 by the Mathis Yacht Building Co. (renamed John Trumpy and Sons), Camden, NJ
  • Launched 26 March 1943
  • Reclassified and commissioned USS SC-1068, 13 April 1943
  • Decommissioned 28 February 1946, transferred to the Coast Guard and commissioned USCGC Air Snipe (WAVR 465) the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register 12 March 1946
  • Sold 27 January 1948 to the Boyer Towing Co. of Ketchikan, AK and converted to a towing vessel
  • Acquired in 1953 by James M. Hawthorne of Juneau, AK and renamed Air-Snipe
  • Acquired in 1958 by Albert Halvorsen of Ketchikan, AK
  • Acquired in 1959 by Boyer Towing Co., Inc. of Ketchikan for use as a tugboat
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 95 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6" (fl)
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, one/two twin mount .50 cal. machine guns, two/three depth charge projector "K Guns", 14 depth charges with six single release chocks and two sets Mk 20 Mousetrap
    rails with four 7.2 projectiles
  • Propulsion: Two 1,540bhp General Motors (Electro-Motive Div.) 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    USS SC-1068
    SC-1068 193k Last page of 2 December 1944 Sailing Report John E. Roark, Jr.
    SC-1068 750k Ketchikan, Alaska
    Photo courtesy of Kent Halverson, Boyer Towing Co., owner, from "Splinter Fleet" by Theodore R. Treadwell
    Robert Hurst
    SC-1068 135k Photo by Grant Dougall of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada John E. Roark, Jr.
    SC-1068 160k c. September 2003
    Found in fantastic condition in Ketchikan, Alaska
    Photo by Grant Dougall of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Chad Manz
    SC-1068 151k 1 January 2004
    Tongass Narrows, Ketchikan, Alaska
    Photo courtesy of Marine Exchange of Alaska
    Robert Hurst
    SC-1068 151k c. 2005
    Ketchikan, Alaska
    Photo by Robert Michaelson from the Splinter Fleet website of T.R. Treadwell

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Benjamin J. Hiner, USNR13 April 1943
    02LTJG John E. Roark, USNR1944
    03LTJG Romuald G. Lesage, USNR1945 - 28 February 1946
    Courtesy John E. Roark, Jr., Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-1068
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