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USC&GS Parker
ex-USS SC-1277

Call sign:
Nan - George - Nan - Dog

ex-USS PC-1277

SC-1277 served both the U. S. Navy and the Coast & Geodetic Survey

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 7 September 1942 as PC-1277 by the Elizabeth City Shipyards, Elizabeth City, NC
  • Launched 27 October 1942
  • Delivered and commissioned USS PC-1277, 19 March 1943
  • Reclassified SC-1277 in April 1943
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 15 November 1946
  • Transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey and commissioned USC&GS Parker
  • Named for Captain William Parker (___ -1942) who served in the Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1901-1934. Captain Parker served on both coasts of the contiguous United States, and in Alaska, the
    Philippine Islands, Puerto Rico and Panama. He served as the Chief of the Division of Hydrography and Topography from 1919 to 1931 at which time he was made commanding officer of the newly commissioned ship USC&GS Hydrographer until his retirement in 1934
  • Sold for scrap in 1957 to Boston Metals of Baltimore, MD
  • Acquired by the Reedville Oil and Guano Company, Inc,. Reedville, VA for use as a freighter and renamed Jorisuda
  • Acquired in 1970 by Haynie Products, Inc. of Reedville
  • Acquired in 1973 by Guy L. Ireland of Norfolk, VA for use as a yacht
  • Acquired in 1975 by Wayne Gooding, Jr. c/o the Castigliola Shrimp Co. of Pascagoula, MS for use as a fishing boat and renamed Miss Cindy
  • Out of documentation in 1980
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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," two sets Mk 20 Mousetrap rails with four 7.2 projectiles 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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    Size Image Description Source
    USS SC-1277
    SC-1277 171k From the collection of Clifford Davis Richard Henson
    SC-1277 142k
    SC-1277 59k
    SC-1277 161k
    USC&GS Parker
    SC-1277 81k NOAA Website
    SC-1277 109k
    SC-1361 295k Photo from NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection. Image ship0235 Robert Hurst
    SC-1361 114k c. 1946
    Coast and Geodetic Survey Ships Parker, Bowen, ex-SC-1361and Stirni, ex-SC-1358
    NOAA Photo Library photo, NOAA Central Library; Family of Captain Maurice A. Hecht, C&GS
    NOAA Website
    SC-1277 108k c. 1952
    NOAA Office of NOAA Corps Operations photo

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-1277
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