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Call sign:
Nan - Tare - King - Love


SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 30 October 1942 as PC-1330 by the Simms Brothers, Dorchester. MA
  • Reclassified SC-1330 and launched 19 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS SC-1330, 29 May 1943
  • Collided with the USCGC 83421, an 83' Coast Guard Cutter, at 2336, 29 June 1943, in a position approximately 7 miles north of Great Isaac Light, while both vessels were part of the escort of the SS Jean
    Brilliant en route from Miami, FL to Nassau, British West Indies. As a result of the collision the stern of the CG-83421 had two water-tight compartments at the stern carried away, but remained afloat due to the remaining water-tight compartments, though its water-tight integrity was impaired. The crew was accordingly taken off and the vessel taken in tow by SC-1330. After being towed for about 2 hours, the CG-83421 sank in deep water and the tow line was cut. There was no loss of life nor serious injury to personnel. The commanding officer of CG-83421, ENS Lawrence E. Gallagher, USCGR, was exonerated of the charge of neglect of duty
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 30 September 1947
  • Sold in 1948 to J. Waldron Bayles of Oyster Bay, NY and named Signal III
  • Sold in 1954 to the Sperry Rand Corp. of Great Neck, NY
  • Rebuilt as a floating laboratory for gyroscopes in 1955 and renamed Wanderer
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission in 1962
  • Renamed Kings Pointer in 1964
  • Abandoned in January/February 1972
  • Acquired by D. Tracy Gardiner of Drayden, MD in 1972
  • Renamed El Pronto II in August 1973
  • Sold to Wayne Werner of Glenndale, MD in 1975 and renamed Orion
  • 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-1329 154k SC-1329 and SC-1330 just before launching Harold G. Simms
    SC-1329 144k SC-1329 and SC-1330 just after launching
    USS SC-1330
    SC-1330 120k Soon after commissioning Harold G. Simms, son of the builder, William E. Simms and nephew of Eric J. Simms - the Simms brothers.
    MV Wanderer
    SC-1330 74k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

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