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USC&GS Bowen
ex-USS SC-1361

Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Nan - Xray


SC-1361 served both the U. S. Navy and the Coast & Geodetic Survey.

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser: Laid down 3 April 1943 as PC-1361 by the Calderwood Yacht Yard, Inc., Manchester, MA but reclassified SC-1361 later in the month
  • Launched 24 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS SC-1361, 13 October 1943
  • Transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey 30 September 1945 and commissioned USC&GS Bowen
  • Named for W. H. Bowen a seaman on the Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship Surveyor, who on October 4, 1927, lost his life by drowning while heroically attempting to save the lives of two shipmates who had fallen in the water
  • Served as a wire-drag vessel with sister ships the USC&GS Parker, ex-SC-1277 and USC&GS Stirni, ex-SC-1358
  • Sold for scrap in 1957 to the Boston Metals Co. of Baltimore, MD.


  • 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-1361 114k c. 1946
    Coast and Geodetic Survey Ships Parker, Bowen, and Stirni
    NOAA Photo Library photo, NOAA Central Library; Family of Captain Maurice A. Hecht, C&GS.
    NOAA Website
    SC-1361 93k c. November 1956
    NOAA photo

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-1361
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