USS Abingdon (PC-1237)

USS "Abingdon" (PC-1237) was a PC-461-class coastal patrol ship in the service of the United States Navy, named after the city of Abingdon, Virginia.

She was laid down as the unnamed "PC-1237" on 14 February 1943 at Consolidated Shipbuilding in Morris Heights, New York; launched on 3 April 1943, sponsored by Mrs. David Challinor; and commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 26 July 1943 with Lt. J. F. Weller, Jr. in command.

After fitting out, "PC-1237" departed New York on 10 August 1943 for New London, Connecticut, arriving there the following day. The subchaser then conducted tests under the auspices of the Bureau of Ships for the Underwater Sound Laboratory at New London for the remainder of August. "PC-1237" cleared that port on 1 September 1943 for points south; proceeding via Tompkinsville, the ship reached Miami soon thereafter and commenced shakedown training. She completed these evolutions early in October and, proceeding by way of Key West arrived in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on 12 September.

"PC-1237" began escorting convoys between Guantanamo Bay and Trinidad soon thereafter, occasionally touching at Kingston, Jamaica, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, during that time period. She performed that duty until early in 1945. At the beginning of February 1945, the subchaser was reassigned to temporary duty conducting tests at Antigua for the Naval Research Laboratory, an assignment that occupied her through the remainder of World War II and the early months of 1946. Late in this period, she visited Fredericksted, St. Croix, in the Virgin Islands, for a port call on Navy Day 1945.

On 24 May 1946, "PC-1237" departed San Juan and began a voyage that took her northward along the east coast of the United States, touching at Miami and Norfolk en route, and then up the St. Lawrence River to the Great Lakes. There, the ship began training naval reservists of the 9th Naval District.

"PC-1237" continued naval reserve training duty until she was placed out of commission, in reserve, in October 1949, and was berthed at Norfolk with the Atlantic Reserve Fleet for almost a decade. During that time, in February 1956, she was named "Abingdon". Her name was struck from the Navy list on 1 April 1959, but her subsequent fate is not known.

ee also

*List of patrol vessels of the United States Navy


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