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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Tare - King - Charlie


SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 7 October 1942 as PC-1327 by the Delaware Bay Shipbuilding Co., Leesburg, NJ
  • Launched 24 March 1943
  • Commissioned 4 June 1943
  • Reclassified SC-1327 in April 1943
  • Commissioned 4 June 1943
  • Visited Auckland, New Zealand 24 May - 4 June 1945
  • Decommissioned 6 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 3 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 27 January 1947
  • Acquired in 1948 by Merlin, Inc. of Newport, NC for use as a fishing boat and named Merlin
  • Acquired in 1958 by John Santos Carinhas of Patterson, LA
  • Scrapped in 1960.


  • 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
    SC-1327 241k Andrew F. Quinn
    SC-1327 179k
    SC-1327 154k
    SC-1327 161k Andy Quinn, second from right, standing

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Estes Biggerstaff, USNR4 June 1943 - September 1943
    02LTJG Frederic M. Ayres, USNRSeptember 1943 - August 1944
    03LTJG Joseph M. Liles, Jr., USNRAugust 1944 - December 1944
    04LTJG James V. Tomai, USNRDecember 1944 - August 1945
    05LTJG Edward R. Eckenrode, Jr., USNRAugust 1945 - 6 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Andy Quinn

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-1327
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