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SUBMARINE WARFARE WWII MILITARY WATCH BOX

Categories: WWII
Published on: April 25, 2014

THIS MWB IS A DIRECT RESULT OF A COMMANDER AT THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY. ABOUT A WEEK AGO WE WERE CONTACTED ABOUT PROVIDING A VINTAGE ANTI-SUB TIMER FOR A GRADUATING ENSIGN WHOSE FIRST ASSIGNMENT IS ON A NUCLEAR SUBMARINE.

WELL, WE PUT TOGETHER A BOX AND IN THE PROCESS NOT ONLY DID WE INVEST IN A FEW EXTRA ITEMS, OUR RESEARCH UNCOVERED AN AWESOME HISTORY… SO THUS THIS SUB-CHASER BOX WAS BORN…

AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, OUR BOXES KEEP GROWING OVER TIME AS WE DISCOVER ADDITIONAL ITEMS.

IN THIS CASE ROCK HAS ENOUGH ITEMS, HISTORY –AND A BONUS OF PERSONAL HISTORY IN THE FORM OF ONE MICHAEL FRANCIS LA ROCCA IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC DURING WWII – TO CREATE THIS MILITARY WATCH BOX.

IF YOU LIKE THIS COLLECTION MAKE AN OFFER.. OR SIMPLY WAIT, MORE ITEMS WILL SURELY BE FOUND TO ADD TO THIS MWB....

DENISE.

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WHAT IS IN THE BOX

ANTI-SUB US/UK WALTHAM USA
MILITARY WATCH BOX
1 WALTHAM ANTI-SUB YARDAGE TIMER
1  WALTHAM ANTI-SUB TIMER REMINDER
1
SC-1361 10 SECOND AIRCORPS TIMER
1 PIC ALTURAS SUB-CHASER PACIFIC WWII
1 NAVY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL AWARD
TO CREW MEMBER OF USS SUB-CHASER 1361
CREW MEMBER RECORDS USS SUB-CHASER 1361
1 SC-1361 SERVICE RADIUM POCKET WATCH
1 WWII NAVY TECH PATCH
1 NAVY WWII GOOD CONDUCT RIBBON
1 WWII US DEFENSE RIBBON
5 1980 NAVY BASE SUB-CHASER PATCHES
1 ANTI-SUB AIR PATCH
1 SILVER COLOR NAVY CAP BADGE
6 WWII PHOTOS
2 B/W SUB PHOTOS
1 B/W ARMED SUB CONNING TOWER
1 COLOR FIRING DESTROYER
1- COLOR MILITARY SHIP DOCKS
1 B/W RADIO ROOM
1 OPEN FROM FRONT MWB

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CELEBRATING
MICHAEL FRANCIS LA ROCCA
OF THE
SC-1351
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THE HISTORY OF THE
SUBMARINE & SUB-CHASER

UNITED STATES NAVY

In 1776, the first use of a submarine in warfare would occur by American’s against the British. The war of course was the Revolutionary War and the craft the American submersible Turtle.

The Turtle was large enough to accommodate one operator and  was entirely hand-powered. Lead ballast  kept the craft balanced as Ezra Lee attempted [ multiple times ]  to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe’s flagship Eagle in New York Harbor.

Ultimately, all attempts would fail, but General George Washington would commission it’s designer, David Bushnel, an Army engineer. His subsequent invention, drifting mines,  would destroy the British frigate Cereberus and wreak havoc against other British ships.

After the war, David Bushnel became commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stationed at West Point. The submarine would wait  until the Iron Clad Ship made it’s appearance during the US Civil War.

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The first USN submarine created to protect wooden ships against ironclads was the “Alligator”.

Built and in service in 1861-1862. It saw limited duty ,

It was not until 1896 that the USN decided to apply Navy Engineers along with private corporations in development of her history making sub program.

Four years later, on the 11th of  April 1900, the Holland (SS-1) became the first officially commissioned US Navy  submarine.  From then on the Submarine, and it nemesis, the Sub Chaser , would be a part and portion of the USN.

From the first mine laying sub to the first diesel powered sub to the first sub with the ability to have a compartment flooded and survive to a the world record depth  of  256 feet in 1915, US submarines, developed with the ingenuity of Navel Engineers, American companies and the Navel Personal who tested and proved the end products, brought  world renown to the program.

In fact, so renown were US subs that by WWI  the then legendary Imperial Russian Navy ordered 18 subs.

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THE BRITISH
ADMIRALTY
MILITARY NAVEL SERVICES

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Board of admiralty app 1810. The same board room in use today

FROM THE INVENTION OF FIRST USABLE SHIPS CHRONOME4TER AND DECK WATCH, TO THE FIELD WATCH, TO WWI WHEN THE WRIST WATCH [TRENCH WATCH] BECAME A WAR TOOL, THE INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS OF THE BRITISH ARMED FORCES PROVIDED THEIR OWN SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR WATCHES, TIMERS AND CHRONOGRAPHS; THOSE ACCEPTED WERE ASSIGNED  A “PATTERN” NUMBER.

THE ADMIRALTY WOULD REMAIN THE NATIONS PREMIER MILITARY AND POLITICAL FORCE  UNTIL THE AGE OF AIRCRAFT AT THE END OF WWII

At the beginning of the 20th century, the idea of submarine warfare was considered by senior personnel in the Admiralty to be “Underhand, unfair and damned un-English”.

In fact it was stated by some that Submariners caught in action should be treated as pirates and executed.

How ever, with 30 years experience, the   renown of the USN was unstoppable. With this fact  in mind, the Royal Navy launched its first submarine, and, coincidental or not, named her  the” Holland 1″, in 1901

I remain amazed the name is similar top the first USN Commissioned Sub the” HOLLAND”..

In WWI the Submarine would prove its worth. Five of the Royal Navy’s 14 total Victoria Crosses of the war went to members of the Submarine corp.

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US
WALTHAM

FACTORY
HALLMARK
1943
WWII
SUB-CHASER
SUB-MARINER
6 SECOND TIMER
9 JEWEL
SIZE 16

’43 TA


WITH
BROADARROW
ADMIRALTY
PATTERN 6

6 SECOND
THIS WALTHAM #6 6 SECOND HAS 9 JEWELS. THE ELGIN A-8 10 SEC AVIATION NAVIGATION TIMER 15 JEWELS. MOST OTHER TIMER/STOP WATCH HAS 0 TO 7

THE SUB-CHASER, DESTROYER AND CRUISER WITH ANTI-SUBMARINE GEAR UTILIZED  1 TO 3  6 SECOND TIMERS AND 1 TO 2   10 SECOND TIMERS PER SHIP.

BOMBERS, CARGO & FIGHTER PLANES  UTILIZED THE 10 SECOND A-8 JITTERBUG AVIATION NAVIGATION  TIMER. LARGE BOMBERS WOULD HAVE AN AVERAGE OF 2 MINIMUM  EACH PLANE

RECEIVE
FREE ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY

WITH

FREE APPRAISAL WITH INFO TO INSURE ONLINE
CONTAINING ALL PICS & HISTORY
NOTE I AM WAY BEHIND DUE TO SERVER CHANGERS
ALLOW SOME TIME FOR LINK. RO
CK

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45.00 US SUBSIDIZED INSURED WITH SIGNATURE DELIVERY!

100.00  FED EX INTERNATIONAL WITH SIGNATURE AND INSURANCE 

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HOW THE PATTERN  #6 BECAME ONE OF A FEW 6 SECOND TIMERS
[ONLY A FEW COMPANIES PRODUCED A 6 SEC YARDAGE TIMER]

IN 1941, WALTHAM BUILT THE 1ST # 6 SEC YARDAGE TIMER FOR THE BRITS. IT WAS CONSTRUCTED TO EXACT BRITISH SPECIFICATIONS, ALONG WITH A REQUIREMENT THAT THE DESIGN BE CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING SEVERE WEATHER AND FORCES, AND ABLE TO TIME 6 SECONDS PER REVOLUTION OVER AND OVER.THE RESULTING WALTHAM 6 SECOND TIMER WOULD HAVE IT’S CASE MACHINED WITH THE  ADMIRALTY PATTERN NO. 6., BROADARROW AND OPERATION CODE AS WELL HAS THE ADMIRALTY AND PATTERN NUMBER ON THE DIAL.  THIS  6 SECOND ANTI-SUB TIMER WAS THEN WAS ISSUED TO BRITISH CREWS.

BY 1943 WALTHAM EXPANDED PRODUCTION AND THE US WOULD ISSUE THESE TIMERS –WHICH ARE THE BEST– TO THEIR ANTI-SUB CREWS.  IN FACT, WHILE THE “JITTERBUG” 10SEC NAVIGATION TIMER HAD US   AIRFORCE INFORMATION AND  A-8 DESIGNATION, THE SUBMARINE / SUB-CHASER 6 SECOND YARDAGE TIMER WAS NOT EVER USA DESIGNATED. NO NUMBER OR INFORMATION WAS PLACED ON THE CASES LIKE THE A-8 10 SEC NAVIGATION TIMER OR THE A-11 PILOTS HACKING NAVIGATION WRIST WATCH. AND IN FACT, IT HAD THE BRITISH ADMIRALTY PATTERN 6 ON THE DIALS.

SO, THE A-8 NAVIGATION TIMER UTILIZED BY BOTH BRITISH AND AMERICAN AIR CREWS WERE ISSUED WITH USA A-8 MILITARY MARKINGS, INCLUDING THOSE SUPPLIED TO THE  BRITISH AIR MINISTRY. WE DISCOVER SOME WITH BRITISH STAMPS, BUT MOST WERE DELIVERED TO THE FIELD WITH EXISTING USA MILITARY MARKINGS-  WITHOUT A BRITISH PATTERN NUMBER. BOTH US AND BRITISH AIR BOMBER CREWS BASED IN ENGLAND HAD THE   A-8 MILITARY ISSUE WITH ONLY THE US MILITARY ORDER INFO ON CASE BACK. OVER 25,000 US AIR CREW MEMBERS HAD THE BRITISH VERSION.. AT THE SAME TIME THE PATTERN #6 ANTI-SUB SUBMARINERS 6 SECOND TIMER WAS THE ONE WITH BRITISH MARKINGS.

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PATTERN NUMBERS

IN 1938, WITH WAR BEATING ON THE DOOR, THE BRITISH, WHO NORMALLY WOULD HAVE REQUIRED TESTING AND ASSIGNED PATTERN NO’S TO EVERY WATCH AND TIMER, SIMPLY PROVIDED THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS AND THOUSANDS OF WRIST WATCHES, TIMERS AND POCKET WATCHES WERE THEN STAMPED OR ENGRAVED AFTER DELIVERY OR AT THE FACTORY BEFORE DELIVERY. 

FOR MANY WATCHES, AN ABBREVIATION OF THE WORDS ” GOVERNMENT SERVICE TEMPORARY PATTERN” –GTSP G.T.S.P. GS/TP — WAS USED INSTEAD OF PATTERN OR USAGE ID. YET THE AGE OLD WAYS OF SOME SERVICES, MAINLY THE OLDEST, THE ADMIRALTY, AND THE NEWEST, THE AIR MINISTRY, CHOSE TO CONTINUE THE TRADITION ON MANY OF THEIR PURCHASES. THUS, SOME KEY TIMERS AND CHRONOGRAPHS WERE ASSIGNED A  PATTERN NO. AT THE FACTORY ALONG WITH A FACTORY SIGNED DIAL  [ “ADMIRALTY PATTERN NO 6” ].

THUS THE PATTERN NUMBER  [PATT.6 ] AND SERVICE NUMBER [U9833] ALONG WITH THE BROADARROW AND DIAL INFO, WAS PLACED AT THE FACTORY. AFTER THE USA JOINED THE BATTLE, SOME OF THESE PATTERN NUMBER TIME PIECES, LIKE THE RARE #6 ANTI-SUB TIMER, WERE ISSUED TO US FORCES WITH BRITISH DETAILS.

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The first British WWII Contract For a *Pattern No 6, *6 second Anti Sub Naval Timer, was made with Waltham in 1941. By 1943, the ” Admiralty Pattern NO 6 ” had proved it’s abilities.This unique 6 second yardage timer was utilized in ANTI-SUB Warfare on both *Submarines and Sub Chasers; for both military offensive & defensive systems.

*IN THE US AND GB.

The 6 sec ANTI-SUB is the rarest and most collectible of all WWII standard timers. In fact more than even the 10 sec Jitterbug AVIATION Timer by Elgin. Though  the pattern 6 second timer was issued to British and American Anti Submarine and Submarine Chaser Personal as well as US Coast Guard Anti-Sub Units throughout the theaters of operation during WWII,   they remain rare- especially those that saw ACTIVE SERVICE!

HOW THE 6 SEC TIMER WAS UTILIZED

Every revolution of this timer equals 6 seconds/5000 yards, the A-8 was 10 seconds, so this timer is faster yet as accurate as the vaunted A-8.  Why 6 seconds?   The rapid 6 second per revolution has to do with underwater sound. Under water sound travels at approx 1450 to 1500 m/s or (1586 to 1640 yards/s). Aping reflecting from a target at 1600 yards would return in approx 2 seconds. It is stated this 6 seconds per revolution utilized  by asdic/sonar operators on sub-chasers, cruisers and destroyers to find subs and on subs to find prey, and evade destroyers

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FOR 110.00
THIS IS WHAT I ENCOUNTERED

WITH THAT IN MIND, THE CRYSTAL ON THIS PARTICULAR PATTERN 6 WAS COMPROMISED DURING WWII. SALT & MOISTURE ENTERED THE WATCH THROUGH THIS MINOR BREECH. OVER TIME,THE SALT INTERACTED WITH THE ENAMEL ON THE BRASS PLATE DIAL EVENTUALLY REACHING THE BRASS PLATE WHERE IT, OVER TIME, BEGAN TO ” CORRODE GREEN” THE AREAS IT CONTACTED.

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THE HAND WAS REMOVED, DIAL REMOVED AND I  USED A MIXTURE OF CHEMICALS TO STOP THE CORROSION W/O HARMING THE ENAMEL. AREAS WHERE THE ENAMEL WAS PEELING. I TREATED WITH CARE SO THAT FURTHER WORK WOULD RESTORE THOSE AREAS.

THEN, METICULOUSLY, USING A SUPER-FINE MICRO STEEL POINTED PIC WITH  WOODEN GRAVER HANDLE, I ATTACKED THE MINUTE POCKETS OF CORROSION. THEN, WHEN THEY WERE SMOOTH I UTILIZED HAIR SPRING CLEANER, A POWERFUL CLEANER USED ON BALANCE HAIR SPRINGS TO COAT OVER THE BREACHED AREAS FOR 30 SECONDS, THEN I COATED THE DIAL WITH A MIXTURE OF PRODUCTS WITH A BASE OF SILICONE 7. AFTER AN HOUR, I  REMOVED THE  EXCESS WITH WATCH MAKERS PAPER.

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REMEMBER, TO BREECH THE ENAMEL, IT HAD TO TAKE  TIME. THEN IT CREATED MINOR  “BUBBLED” AREAS WHERE THE SALT INTERACTED WITH THE BRASS TO REVEAL GREEN CORROSION.

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HAND NEUTRALIZED LIGHTLY SANDED PAINTED REMOUNTED

LUCKILY, BEING THAT IT WAS MOISTURE VS WATER, ONLY THE DIAL AND HAND WERE EFFECTED. THE PROTECTION DESIGNED INTO THE CASE KEPT MOISTURE FROM REACHING THE MOVEMENT. THE FACT THAT THE  HAND BARREL ACTUALLY RUSTED AND EXPANDED- SEALING THE ONLY OPENING THAT MAY HAVE ALLOWED THE MOISTURE TO ENTER THE MOVEMENT, THAT OF THE HAND PINION..

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ABOVE WAS THE FINAL WORKS BEING ASSEMBLED

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AS YOU CAN SEE. SOME ,MINOR STAINING REMAINS
THE ONCE CORRODED POCKETS ARE NEUTRALIZED
100% SEALED.
NO LOSE OF NUMBERS OR WRITING


DIAL SIGNED
WALTHAM
U.S.A.

ADMIRALTY PATTERN NO 6

1 THOUGH 6

[SECONDS]
500 – 4500 YARDS

[ACTUALLY 5000 AT “0”]
BLACK HASH CHAPTER

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This fully, perfectly operating : BROAD ARROW, PATTERN NO 6, ADMIRALTY SIGNED, SUB CHASER/SUBMARINER 6 SEC  TIMER was made by WALTHAM WATCH CO USA, one of the greatest Watch, Timer, Chronograph AND, Complicated watch-movement companies in the world during WWII for the British Admiralty from the design requirements of the British Navy. It is the most precise well made 6 seconds yardage timers. Only a few companies mage a 6 second timer. Extremely rare.    

HOW THE 5 SEC TIMER WAS UTILIZED
Every revolution of this timer equals 6 seconds/5000 yards, the A-8 was 10 seconds, so this timer is faster yet as accurate as the vaunted A-8. Why 6 seconds?   The rapid 6 second per revolution has to do with underwater sound. Under water sound travels at approx 1450 to 1500 m/s or (1586 to 1640 yards/s). Aping reflecting from a target at 1600 yards would return in approx 2 seconds. It is stated this 6 seconds per revolution WAS utilized  by asdic/sonar operators on sub-chasers, cruisers and destroyers to find subs
and on subs to find prey, and evade destroyers.

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DIAL IS ACTUALLY WHITE AGAIN. I CHOSE TO USE THE VINTAGE CRYSTAL
IF YOU DESIRE CLEAR LOOK I CAN REPLACE WITH MODERN CRYSTAL

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NO DATE OR  PERIOD   IS KNOWN FOR THIS LONG NECK STRAP

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CONDITION OF CASE IS FINE

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A NOTE: EARLY TIMERS HAD ROUNDED CROWNS- MOST OF THOSE THOSE PRODUCED AFTER ARE SQUARE

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FROM THE ORIGINAL CELLULOID CRYSTAL TO THE SIZE 16 ’43 TA MOVEMENT
THIS ADMIRALTY PATTERN 6  6 SECONDS TIMER REMAINS ORIGINAL.
WITH A DOUBLE SEALED SCREW DOWN CASE TIGHTLY SEALING INNER CASE BACK
SEALED BRASS BASE ENAMEL DIAL SCREW DOWN BEZEL
CELLULOID CRYSTAL ’43 T A 9J MOVEMENT SINGLE HAND

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IT HAS A  SEALED DIAL

THE DIAL ON THIS RARE 6 SECOND PATTERN 6 IS CONSTRUCTED OF A STURDY BRASS PLATE WITH ENAMEL ON TOP. AN  ADMIRALTY REQUIRED  SIGNATURE UNDER THE SINGLE HAND STATING

ADMIRALTY  PATTERN  NO  6

THE DIAL IS MARKED IN SECONDS 1 THROUGH  6 WITH YARDAGE 500 – 5000. IT WAS MADE FOR SUB-CHASERS & SUBMARINES, AS WELL AS DESTROYERS AND/OR CRUISERS THAT ALSO HAD ANTI SUB DUTIES. THUS, WITH SCREW DOWN DOUBLE CASE AND A SEAL BEHIND THE DIAL, AND A CELLULOID CRYSTAL, IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST SEALED TIMERS EVER MADE.

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UNSCREWING THE CASE BACK REVEALS AN INNER  TIGHTLY SEALED
SECOND BARRIER. A STRAIGHT EDGED RAZOR IS REQUIRED TO REMOVE IT

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INNER CASE COVER
KEYSTONE [LOGO] BASE METAL 456120

ORIGINAL CELLULOID,
TOUGH STUFF YELLOWS OVER TIME

IT WAS THICK & HAD ABILITY TO  ABSORB
TWO TO FOUR TIMES THE ABUSE OF WWII PLASTICS
BUT  IT DEGRADED TO A POINT THE CLARITY WAS GONE

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THE PIC ABOVE WAS AFTER HALF TREATMENT
USING ALCOHOL ACETONE AND BUFFING

ABOVE IS THE CRYSTAL PLACED BACK ON THE CASE
THE BREECH WAS REPAIRED AND UV CEMENT/GLUE/SEALER
UTILIZED TO SEAL THE CRYSTAL TO BEZEL 

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SIGNED WALTHAM U.S.A. 16 ’43 -T A
NINE JEWELS
[ SIZE 16 POCKET WATCH SIZE   ]
[ ’43 = 1943 ]

NOTE THE EXTRAORDINARY BALANCE WHEEL
1/4 THE SIZE OF SIMILAR BALANCES
TWICE AS THICK
WITH TEETH CUT SO THE STOP LEVER CAN STOP
WHAT IS AN ULTRA SONIC SPEEDY BALANCE
IT TAKES A TREMENDOUS FORCE TO STOP HER

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SC-1361

SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser: Laid down 3 April 1943 as PC-1361 by the Calderwood Yacht Yard, Inc., Manchester, MA but reclassified SC-1361 later in the month Launched 24 July 1943. Commissioned USS SC-1361, 13 October 1943. Transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey 30 September 1945 and commissioned USC&GS Bowen. Named for W. H. Bowen a seaman on the Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship Surveyor, who on October 4, 1927, lost his life by drowning while heroically attempting to save the lives of two shipmates who had fallen in the water. Served as a wire-drag vessel with sister ships the USC&GS Parker, ex-SC-1277 and USC&GS Stirni, ex-SC-1358. Sold for scrap in 1957 to the Boston Metals Co. of Baltimore, MD.

Specifications:
Displacement 148 t.
Length 110′ 10″
Beam 17′
Draft 6′ 6″
Speed 15.6 kts.
Complement 28
Armament:
One 40mm mount, two .50 cal. machine guns,
two depth charge projector “K Guns,”
two sets Mk 20 Mousetrap rails with four 7.2 projectiles
and two depth charge tracks
Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines,
Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.

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INCLUDED
ORIGINAL PICTURE “ON THE LOOK OUT

BRIDGE OF SUB-CHASER
PC 602 USS ALTURAS
H. G Schuessler GM2c

1943-45
Midway,  Saipan, Japan
PHOTO SEPTEMBER 1944

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WWII USA SUB CHASER DESTROYER

The submarine chaser was a small and fast naval vessel specifically designed for anti-submarine warfare. Although many nations built similar vessels and used the designation “submarine chaser ” ,it was a designation famously known around the world for ships built by the US.  Many of the US World War I sub-chasers found their way to friendly powers by way of Lend-Lease in World War II.

U.S. Navy submarine chasers were designed specifically to destroy German submarines in World War I; then Japanese and German submarines in World War II. At 110-foot (34 m) the patrol craft of the design first used in World War I carried the hull designator SC [submarine chaser] .

Though they carried machine guns and anti-aircraft guns, the weapon of choice was the depth charge. Larger 173-foot (53 m) sub chasers used the PC hull classification symbol (for Patrol, Coastal).

By the end of World War II, submarine chasers had sunk around 67 German U-boats. In the Pacific Theatre, submarine chasers were used for amphibious landings, courier and escort duty. 

In World War II, the United States Coast Guard utilized the SC for destroying German U-boats trying to sink merchant convoys. They would wait off the coast of the United States until the merchants ships departed American ports.



INCLUDES
MUSTER ROLL OF THE CREW
EACH  YEAR

MICHAEL FRANCIS LA ROCCA

VETERAN INFORMATION

U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
Michael Francis LA Rocca
Name: Michael Francis LA Rocca
Service Info.
:
RM2 US NAVY WORLD WAR II

Birth Date: 28 Sep 1921
Death Date: 20 Dec 1996

Service Start Date: 7 May 1942
Interment Date: 30 Dec 1996
Cemetery: Calverton National Cemetery
Cemetery Address:
210 Princeton Boulevard Rt 25 Calverton
NY 11933
Buried At: Section 22 Site 804

U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls
1938-1949 about Michael F La Rocca
Name: Michael F La Rocca
Ship, Station or Activity: SC 1361
Ship Number or Designation: SC-1361
Muster Date: 31 Dec 1943

Ship, Station or Activity: SC 1361
Ship Number or Designation: SC-1361
Muster Date: 30 Sep 1944

Ship, Station or Activity: Catamount
Ship Number or Designation: LSD-17
Muster Date: 1 Oct 1945

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LOOK FAMILIAR?
THIS IS A MAGNET WITH THE LOOK FEEL AND 75% SIZE OF THE REAL DEAL
THESE WERE USED TO REMIND YOU TO HAVE YOUR TIMER

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PRETTY COOL
I PICKED IT UP LAST WEEK

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THE FOLLOWING POCKET DOES NOT WORK
CANNOT FIND REPLACEMENT PARTS
I PURCHASED ON THE BAY 5 YEARS AGO
IT IS SERVICE INSCRIBED 1927 AND 1945

THE BACK CASE HAS
PEARL HARBOR
1941 – 1945
IT HAS THE DATE OF THE ATTACK
I KNEW ONE DAY I WOULD FIND A PLACE FOR HER
PARTS WILL BE FOUND
IT IS IN FANTASTIC CONDITION
I HAVE A TON OF “STUFF” I INVESTED IN
LIKE HOARDING
EXCEPT I INVEST FOR BOXES


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United Kingdom
Naval Service
of the
British Armed Forces

BRITISH & THE SUB CHASERS DESTROYER

In early 1915, the British Admiralty selected the US Elco company for the production of 550 Motor Launches 80 feet (24 m) in length and capable of 20 knots (37 km/h),  armed with a 3-pounder gun, towed paravanes and later, depth charges, for anti-submarine work. The order was completed by November 1916, and the vessels entered Royal Navy service.

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THIS MWB IS BUILT AROUND THIS HISTORY.

MICHAEL FRANCIS LA ROCCA

SERVED FOR 3 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY   DURING WORLD WAR II,

HE WAS STATIONED ON THE USS SUB-CHASER 1361 FOR MOST OF HIS CAREER.

BORN SEPTEMBER 28TH 1921, HE PASSED DECEMBER 20TH 1996.

WE HAVE HIS ORIGINAL WORLD WAR II UNITED STATES
NAVY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL WITH  SLOT BROOCH.
ENGRAVED BY THE USN WITH HIS NAME: MICHAEL FRANCIS LA ROCCA AND DATED: 1945

IN ADDITION, WE ARE INCLUDING PHOTO COPIES OF THE SHIPS MUSTER ROLLS OF THE CREW LISTING THE CREW MEMBERS.

PATCH & RIBBONS

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TIMER NUMBER TWO

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THIS GLYCINE MEYLAN
1O SEC AVIATION TIMER
IS ACTUALLY FROM

THE SC-1361

Meylan was a watch engineer who strove for perfection. With an  understanding of both market demands and technological advances, he succeeded in producing extreme precise small movements for ladies watches, enabling Glycine to introduce the finest miniature movements clad in gold and platinum cases, often studded with diamonds. Glycine soon became a supplier to the wealthy who valued these works of fine craftsmanship. Around 1931,  Meylan presented a well-functioning self-winding watch entirely of his own invention. During WWII, Glycine, with Eugène Meylan SA, produced military watches, chronographs and timers.

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CROWN WINDS
PUSH TO START
PUSH TO RETURN TO 0
THE SLIDE ON LEFT STOPS THE TIMER
SO YOU WIND
CLICK IN CROWN
RELEASE SLIDE IT RUNS, SLIDE OVER IT STOPS
SLIDE AGAIN IN CONTINUES

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I HAD TO INVEST IN TWO TO MAKE ONE
MECHANICAL PARTS WERE NOT AVAILABLE
I  LUCKED OUT  AND PICKED UP ONE WITH THE PARTS I REQUIRED

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DOUBLE HINGED CASE

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THE PICS DO NOT SHOW THE CASE WORKS
THE BACK ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE
THE EARTH FROM THE SKY

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THIS SET OF WINGS IS AIR FORCE
BUT TIMERS AND WATCHES TRAVELED
THIS IS AN AVIATION TIMER
LIKE THE ELGIN JITTERBUG
NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER AND LAND BASED
NAVY BOMBERS
FLOAT PLANES
RECONNAISSANCE PLANES
ALL REQUIRED THESE TIMERS
AND
SOME TORPEDOES WERE TIMED WITH THESE TIMERS

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WWII PICTURES

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PATCHES REPRESENTING
MODERN SUB CHASERS

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THERE IS A STRIP ON RIGHT
IT IS COMPOSED OF A WWII INTELL PHOTO
LAYING OUT THE SOUTH PACIFIC

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BROAD ARROW AND WALTHAM MOVEMENT INFO

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GSTP / BROADARROW

BROAD ARROW

A broad arrow or pheon is a type of arrow with a typically flat barbed head. It is a symbol used traditionally in heraldry, most notably in England, and later the United Kingdom to mark government property. The Office of Ordnance was created by Henry VIII in 1544. It dates back to the position of Master of Ordnance, one of whom, Nicholas Merbury, was present at the Battle of Agincourt. The Office became the Board of Ordnance in 1597, its principal duties being to supply guns, ammunition, stores and equipment to the King’s Navy.

The headquarters and main arsenal of the Office were in the White Tower of  the Tower of London. The broad arrow mark has been used over the years by the Office and Board to signify at first objects purchased from the monarch’s money and later to indicate government property. With the demise of the Board in 1855, the War Department and today’s Ministry of Defense continued to use the mark. The arrow also appears in the Ordnance Survey logo. The broad arrow frequently appeared on military boxes and equipment such as canteens, bayonets and rifles, as well as the British prison uniform from the 1870s, and even earlier, that of transportees in British penal colonies such as AustraliaThe broad arrow marks were also used by Commonwealth countries on their ordnance.

The broad arrow was used by the British to mark trees intended for ship building use in North America during colonial times. Three axe strikes resembling an arrowhead and shaft, were marked on large mast-grade trees.It is currently a criminal offence in the United Kingdom to reproduce the broad arrow without authority


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