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Moccasin / A-4 (SS-5)


Adder Class Submarine Torpedo Boat: Laid down as Moccasin, 8 November 1900, at Crescent Shipyard, Elizabethport, NJ; Launched, 20 August 1901; Commissioned USS Moccasin, 17 January 1903, at the Holland yard at New Suffolk, NY; Decommissioned, 15 June 1904; Laid up at Norfolk, VA.; Recommissioned, 10 February 1910, in the Philippines; Renamed USS A-4 (Submarine Torpedo Boat No.4), 17 November 1911; Decommissioned, 12 December 1919, at Cavite Navy Yard, PI; Designated (SS-5), 17 July 1920; Struck from the Naval Register, 16 January 1922; Final Disposition, fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement; Surfaced, 107 t., Submerged, 123 t.; Length 63' 10"; Beam 11' 11"; Draft 10' 7"; Speed, Surfaced, 8 kts, Submerged, 7 kts; Depth Limit 150'; Complement, 1 Officer, 6 Enlisted; Armament, one 18" torpedo tube, 5 torpedoes; Propulsion, Otto Gas Engine Works gasoline engine, HP 160; Fuel Capacity 767 gal.; Electro Dynamic electric motors, HP 150; Battery Cells 60; single screw.
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Moccasin 126k Moccasin (SS-5) launching, at the Crescent Shipyard, Elizabethport, New Jersey, 20 August 1901. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45933.
Moccasin 107k Moccasin (SS-5) Electric Boat Company/Holland Torpedo Boat Company facility, New Suffolk, Long Island, New York.
Submarines in the facility basin, circa 1903. Boats in the front group are (from left to right): Plunger (SS-2); Porpoise (SS-7); and Adder (SS-3). In the background, by the breakwater are (left-right): Shark (SS-8) and Moccasin (SS-5). Photographed by Legendre & Levick, New York.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45937.
Moccasin 54k Moccasin (SS-5) cruising off New Suffolk, Long Island, New York, circa 1903. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45934.
Moccasin 75k Moccasin (SS-5) underway, circa 1903, probably off New Suffolk, Long Island, New York. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45936.
Moccasin 101k Moccasin (SS-5) fitting out at the Electric Boat Company/Holland Torpedo Boat Company facility, New Suffolk, Long Island, New York, circa 1903. The incomplete submarine Plunger (of 1895) is in the background. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45935.
Adder Class Diag.514k Tank layout of the Adder class submarine by Bureau of Construction and Repair, Navy Department August 1904.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Moccasin 79k Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia Waterfront scene, Autumn 1907. Ships at left are (from front to rear): Hopkins (DD-6); Lawrence (DD-8); Hull (DD-7); Talbot (Torpedo Boat # 15) and Moccasin A-4 (SS-5). The latter two are hauled out on the marine railway. Stewart (DD-13) is in the right foreground. Ahead of her are a torpedo boat, a barge and the tug Mohawk. Three battleships are docked beyond them, with Iowa (BB-04) furthest to the right. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # 19-N-60-10-20.
Moccasin 461k Moccasin (SS-5) in the Philippines (probably at the Cavite Navy Yard), circa 1911-1917. Note the "E" award painted on her conning tower. The original image is printed on post card stock. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph # NH 107060, Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010, via Robert Hurst.
Moccasin 3.74k It's Like the Hot Room of a Turkish Bath When a Submarine Goes Down In Tropical Waters
THIS IS ALL THAT IS VISIBLE OF A SUBMARINE WHEN IT IS UNDER WAY ON THE SURFACE OF THE WATER.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Newspaper text courtesy of The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 13 August 1912, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 06/12/13.
Moccasin 88k Crewmen of the Moccasin (SS-5) pose on deck, circa 1910-1911. Probably taken at the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands. This submarine was renamed (A-4) in November 1911. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 98656.
Moccasin 83k Moccasin (A-4) (SS-5) & A-6 (SS-7) underway in Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, circa 1912. A-4 (SS-5) and a Bainbridge class destroyer are in the background. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 90187.
Moccasin 122k Dewey Drydock, Olongapo Naval Station, Philippines. Submarines A-6 (SS-7) ex-Porpoise , A-4 (SS-5) ex-Moccasin and A-2 (SS-3) ex-Adder in the Dewey Drydock, circa 1912. The boats show standard features: a single tall periscope abaft the conning tower; a conning tower fairing; and a bridge structure atop the conning tower, with the surface wheel atop it. This photo was taken before the boats had been fitted with forward periscopes.
The bow of their tender, Mohican, is at left, with an anchor suspended from her starboard cathead.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 90185. Partial text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
Moccasin 87k Submarines and their tender, Mohican, in the drydock, circa 1912. The submarines are (from left to right): A-6 (SS-7) ex-Porpoise, A-4 (SS-5) ex-Moccasin and A-2 (SS-3) ex-Adder. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 90181.
Moccasin 96k View of the Moccasin (SS-5) superstructure, circa 1912. Probably taken at the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 98655.
Moccasin 103k Some of the Moccasin's (SS-5) crew on deck, circa 1912. Probably taken at the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands. Note her 13-star "boat" flag. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 98657.
Moccasin 72k The Moccasin's (SS-5) crew pose with a life ring, circa 1912. Probably taken at the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 90197.
Moccasin 95k View in the Moccasin's (SS-5) interior, showing her electrical switchboard and other controls. Taken at Manila, Philippine Islands, circa 1912. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 90180.
Moccasin 85k Moccasin's (SS-5) with her crew on deck in Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, circa 1912. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 57700-A.
Moccasin 118k View in the Moccasin's (SS-5) interior, showing two eighteen-inch torpedos and her torpedo tube door. Taken at Manila, Philippine Islands, circa 1912. Note: The torpedoes are on wooden skids. It appears that, like the loading trays of modern nuclear submarines, the skids slid across for loading. Photo courtesy of U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 57729-A. Partial text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
Moccasin 80k Moccasin (SS-5) preparing to moor, Manila Bay, circa 1912. Note the casual nature of the uniforms of the crew, and the generally diminutive size of the craft. US Navy photo # NH 90186 from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, courtesy of Joe Radigan, MACM, USN Ret.
Moccasin 181k Moccasin (SS-5) tied up to a wharf, probably in the Phillipines, circa 1912. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Moccasin 19k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the 100th year of the Moccasin's (SS-5) commissioning, 17 January 1903 - 17 January 2003. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.

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