WW II Subchaser

The US Navy, 110-foot, wood-hulled, World War II Subchaser (SC), can trace its origin back to the World War I "Splinter Fleet." Like its predecessor, the SC was designed primarily for off-shore patrols and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).

Though small in size, the SC soon became the "work horse" of the US Navy, performing a variety of assignments, often operating under extremely hazardous conditions. The SCs saw action in every combat theater world-wide.

  • A total of 440 subchasers were built for World War I.
  • A total of 438 subchasers were built for World War II.
  • Prior to the Pearl Harbor attack 84 SC hulls had already been laid down.
  • Seventy SCs were converted to SC-C (Landing control vessels) but not one of the 19 SCs used at the Normandy landing was an SC-C

This model is one of the SC 497 Class in WW II.  It is built from the shipwrights original plans to a scale of 3/4" = 1'-0" (1/16th).  It is constructed plank-on-frame with scale lumber and has many 3D printed details, including the weapons and crew.  It was delivered to the Door County Maritime Museum in March, 2017 - across Sturgeon Bay where the original vessel was built by Peterson Marine in 1943.

For more informaiton about these vessels, please go to www.splinterfleet.org/.