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Abingdon

 

A town located in southwestern Virginia, about 15 miles northeast of Bristol, and the seat of government for Washington County.

 

(PC-1237: dp. 280; l. 173'8"; b. 23'0"; dr. 10'10"; s. 20.2 k. (tl.); cpl. 65; a. 1 3", 2 20mm., 2 dcp., 2 dct.; cl. PC-461)

 

PC-1237 was laid down on St. Valentine's Day 1943 at Morris Heights, N.Y., by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 3 April 1943; sponsored by Mrs. David Challinor; and commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 26 July 1943, Lt. J. F. Weller, Jr., USNR, in command.

 

After fitting out, PC-1237 departed New York on 10 August 1943 for New London, Conn., 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 Guan-tanamo 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.