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Photo.  By Tom Kermen


Displacement 850 t

Length 184' 6"

Beam 33' 1"

Draft 9' 5"

Speed 15.7 kts.

Complement 99.

Armament one 3"/50 dual purpose mount, three twin 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, one depth charge projector (hedgehog)

Propulsion 1,800bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.

Following shakedown, PCE--845 departed Miami, Fla., on 18 April 1944, bound for Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies. The patrol escort operated with Admiral Jonas Ingram 4th Fleet, escorting coastal convoys between Port-of-Spain and Brazilian ports such as Recife, Bahia, Belem, and Rio de Janeiro until December. Departing Trinidad on the 7th, PCE--845 shaped a course for the Florida keys and a stint of training operations before departing Key West on 21 January 1945 and heading for the Pacific.

Photo.  By Historical Collections of the Great Lakes.


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