Vol. 10 No. 6, June, 2014

In the June, 2014 issue of Western Mariner is an article by Rick James, on two former subchasers converted post-war for use running cargo and towing -- a nice example of how these boats were put to use once the Navy had no more use for them.

The two chasers were SC 293, which was assigned to the Third Naval District during the war, and SC 310, which was one of two chasers assigned to Alaskan waters. Rick also pulled together some excellent photos for the story, my favorite of which is a shot of a canvas chute rigged up for sliding liquor down to Trucilla. Interestingly, Trucilla, former SC 310, is shown in one photo in the article on a sandbar -- much like the wartime shot of SC 310 beached at low tide (probably for hull repairs).

Always nice to see stories about chasers! Thanks to Rick James for putting this together.

The article is "Trucilla and Etta Mac: Subchasers on the Courtenay River," by Rick James, starting on page 45. (The contents page for the issue is here.)

--Todd Woofenden, editor

 

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