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Sarasin

 

H.T.M.S. Sarasin – ex PC 495

Written by Stephen Burton

Much information on this page is courtesy of www.navsource.org

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PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser: Laid down, 10 June 1941 by the Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA; Launched, 30 December 1941; Commissioned USS PC-495, 23 April 1942; Transferred to the Foreign Liquidation Commission, 10 May 1947;

Transferred to Thailand in 1951 as HTMS Sarasin (PC 1); Sunk as a target.

Specifications: Displacement 280 t.(lt) , 450 t.(fl); Length 173′ 8″; Beam 23′; Draft 10′ 10″; Speed 20.2 kts.; Complement 65; Armament one 3″/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount; three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectiles, two depth charge tracks; Propulsion two 2,880bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler diesel engines (Serial No. 6664 and 6665), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

Web History – main page:-    http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/010495.htm

Dive Report

Diver:    Charles Frost, chasfrost@yahoo.co.uk

Dated:    20th Febraury 2005.

No surface buoy so had to drop a grapple to get a line on the wreck. The wreck lies on its port side facing West. On the sand at the side of the wreck the depth is 43 mtrs. The top of the wreck is at 35 mtrs. There were lots of old fishing nets draped around the wreck which were hazardous. There are a few small entry points in to the wreck from what would have been the deck.

It was very dark and murky when I dived it -This wreck needs more exploration to discover it’s full potential…

Standardized wreck Report

  • VESSEL_NAME: H.T.M.S. Sarasin – ex PC 495
  • VESSEL_NATIONALITY: Thai Navy Warship
  • TYPE_OF_VESSEL: Submarine Chaser
  • DEPTH_WRECK: 34
  • DEPTH_SEABED: 42
  • LOCATION: 4 hours offshore from Satahip Bay, Chonburi Province
  • GPS_NORTH: UNKNOWN
  • GPS_EAST: UNKNOWN
  • WRECK_LENGTH: 173ft
  • WRECK_WIDTH: 23ft
  • WRECK_TONS: 450
  • WRECK_PROPS: 2
  • BOTTOM_CONDITION: sand
  • SENDER_EMAIL: deepdive@loxinfo.co.th
  • SENDER_DIVESHOP_EMAIL:
  • SENDER_DIVESHOP_URL: www.thaiwreckdiver.com
  • HOW_WRECK_SUNK:
  • Sunk as a target during anti ship missile test firing exercise
  • WRECK_DOING_WHAT:
  • OTHER_INFORMATION:
  • a lot of penetration to explore
  • DIVE_TEAM_NAME_EMAILS:
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