USS PCS-1405

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USS PCS-1405 in San Francisco Bay, California, c.1945-46
History
US flag 48 stars.svgUnited States Navy
Name: USS PC-1405
Builder: Greenport Basin and Construction Company, Greenport, New York
Laid down: 1 May 1943
Renamed: USS PCS-1405, April 1943
Reclassified: Patrol craft sweeper (PCS), April 1943
Launched: 21 August 1943
Commissioned: 1 February 1944
Decommissioned: August 1946
Struck: February 1947
Fate: Transferred to U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey 3 October 1946
History
Flag of the United States.svg Flag of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.svg U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
Name: USC&GS Bowie (CSS 27)
Namesake: Captain William Bowie (1872–1940), U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Corps officer
Acquired: 3 October 1946
Commissioned: 3 October 1946
Decommissioned: 1 February 1967
Fate: Sold 1967
General characteristics
Class and type: PCS-1376-classminesweeper
Displacement: 245 tons light; 338 tons full load
Length: 136 ft (41 m)
Beam: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Draft: 8 ft 7 in (2.62 m)
Propulsion:
Speed: 14.1 knots (26.1 km/h)
Complement: 57
Armament:

USS PCS-1405 was a United States Navy minesweeper in commission from 1944 to 1946. She saw service in the latter stages of World War II.

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After her Navy service, she was transferred to the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, where she saw service as the coastal survey ship USC&GS Bowie (CSS 27) from 1946 to 1967.

Construction and commissioning

The ship was laid down as PC-1405 on 1 May 1943 by the Greenport Basin and Construction Company in Greenport, New York. Reclassified as a "patrol craft sweeper" (PCS) in April 1943 and redesignated PCS-1405, she was launched on 21 August 1943 and commissioned as USS PCS-1405 on 1 February 1944. [1]

United States Navy service

PCS-1450 made a shakedown cruise in the Caribbean Sea, then operated between southern Florida, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a patrol and escort ship until June 1945. She then was transferred to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where she served until February 1946 before returning to the United States. [1]

After undergoing conversion into a survey ship, PCS-1405 was decommissioned in August 1946 and transferred to the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey the same month. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in February 1947. [1]

United States Coast and Geodetic Survey service

The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey commissioned the vessel on 3 October 1946 [2] as the coastal survey ship USC&GS Bowie (CSS 27). [1] Bowie served on hydrographic survey duties along the United States West Coast and in Alaska until 1 February 1967, when she was decommissioned. [2] She was sold in 1967. [1]

Fate

Bowie's later fate is unclear. She was photographed as recently as 2003 as MV Bowie in Slatery Bay near Powell River, British Columbia, Canada. [1] As of at least 2005, an effort was underway to preserve her as an historic ship, billing her as the last surviving PCS-type ship. [3]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 NavSource Online: Patrol Craft Sweeper Photo Archive: USC&GS Bowie (CSS 27) ex-USS PCS-1405
  2. 1 2 NOAA History: Coast and Geodetic Survey Ships: Bowie
  3. "The MV Bowei - PCS 1405". Archived from the original on 2019-01-06.
USC&GS Bowie (CSS 27) off San Francisco, California, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. USC&GS Bowie (CSS 27).jpg
USC&GS Bowie (CSS 27) off San Francisco, California, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.