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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - George - Queen - Love


SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 7 September 1942 as PC-1279 by the Elizabeth City Shipyards, Elizabeth City, NC
  • Launched 27 October 1942
  • Reclassified SC-1279 and commissioned 7 April 1943
  • Assigned to the Panama Canal in a flotilla of eight Submarine Chasers that were assigned to protect the two entrances to the Panama Canal. There were four on the Pacific side and
    four on the Caribbean side. They would work in a rotation of two ships at each entrance with two “off duty” in the respective ports
  • Rescued all hands (35 merchant sailors and the 12-man Armed Guard) 5 July 1943 from the freighter Maltran torpeoded by the German submarine U-759, en route from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to
    Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 10 September 1946
  • 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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    SC-1279 56k Panama Canal Zone Scott Harris
    SC-1279 86k Executive Officer, Ensign John R. Harris, Jr., USNR (Spring 1945 - February 1946)
    SC-1279 203k Ensign Harris sitting at top of ladder on the bridge

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-1279
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