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|62k||Tarantula (SS-12) being launched at the Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Yard at Quincy, MA., on 30 March 1907.||Picture and info from "The Romance of A Submarine" by G Gibbard Jackson & submitted by Robert Hurst.|
|67k||Tarantula (SS-12) running preliminary acceptance trials off Newport, Rhode Island, August 1907.||U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 41915.|
|221k||The B-boats (SS-10/12): Viper (SS-10), Cuttlefish (SS-11),& Tarantula (SS-12), the ultimate development of the single screw Holland design, introduced a much more extensive superstructure for sea keeping. As designed, Viper had only the single periscope shown, as in Plunger, it was let into the conning tower. A second (hull) periscope was later added. Engine gearing had been abandoned, the propeller shaft no longer coincided precisely with the axis of the hull. Air compressors and main bilge pumps were driven from the main shaft via clutches and gears; they could be operated by either the motor or the engine. Note that, in a boat this small, a reload torpedo occupied much of the hull.||Collection of Rear. Admiral Henry Williams. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.|
|103k||The three B-boats (SS-10/12) (Inboard) Cuttlefish (SS-11), Tarantula (SS-12), and Viper (SS-10) share a snowy dry dock at the New York Navy Yard, 25 January 1908. Note that each one still has a single fixed periscope, with a flagstaff above it. Boats running submerged flew flags on these staffs to warn surface ships against running them down. Note, too, the running lights affixed to boards on the foremasts.||Collection of Rear. Admiral Henry Williams. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.|
|470k||Viper (SS-10), Cuttlefish (SS-11) and Tarantula (SS-12) lie together in dry dock at the New York Navy Yard, 25 January 1908.||NARA (National Archives and Record Administration) photo # 19-N-15-28-6, courtesy of Daniel Dunham.|
|5.63k||U. S. SUBMARINES DARING CRUISERS|
AT THE TOP THE VIPER (SS-10); BELOW THE TARANTULA. AND THE ROUTE THEY WILL TAKE ON OCEAN TRIP.
An adventure watched with interest by the navy officials and by thousands throughout the country is the cruise of four submarines from Philadelphia to Charleston, S. C. The boats are the Tarantula, Viper, Cuttlefish (SS-11) and Octopus (SS-9).
|Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Spokane Press. (Spokane, Wash.) 1902-1939, 12 November 1908, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|109k||Cuttlefish (SS-11), Tarantula (SS-12), and Viper (SS-10) in port, circa 1909.||U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 29.|
|1.28k||Tarantula, underway near the New York Navy Yard, 1909.||Photographed by Enrique Muller.
US Navy Bureau of Ships photo # 19-N-15-26-14, now in the collections of N.A.R.A. (National Archives and Record Administration) via Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
|102k||Viper (SS-10) in port, with members of her crew on deck, circa 1907-1911. Tarantula (SS-12) is behind her.||U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 38.|
|117k||All three B-class submarines at Annapolis, MD, 1910. From left to right: Cuttlefish (SS-11), Viper (SS-10), & Tarantula (SS-12). In the background on the left is the cruiser Olympia (C-6) and in the center is an unidentified C or D class submarine.||Text courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).|
Digital ID # 19799, LC-F81-2433. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection.
|1.48k||HARD LIFE ON A SUBMARINE|
AIR HEAVY WITH GASOLINE. A CHIEF CAUSE OF TROUBLE.
THE SUBMARINES TARANTULA (SS-12) & CUTTLEFISH (SS-11) MOORED IN THE BASIN OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY. THE OLYMPIA (C-6), DEWEY'S FLAGSHIP AT MANILA, IN THE OFFING.
|Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.|
Photo from The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 10 July 1910, Third Section, Image 29, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|248k||Tarantula's (SS-12) crew.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|507k||Tarantula's (SS-12) crew.||USN photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.|
|683k||Tarantula served with the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet until assigned to the Reserve Torpedo Group, Charleston Navy Yard 9 May 1911 and placed out of commission 4 December 1912.||Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
|82k||Ajax (AC-14) in Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, preparing to launch B-2 (SS-11) from her deck, circa 12 May 1913. Ajax had transported B-2 and B-3 (SS-12) to Manila from Norfolk, Virginia.||U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 98923.|
|97k||B-3 (SS-12) lies in Manila Bay after her voyage from Norfolk with B-2 (SS-11) as deck cargo, forward, in late April or May 1913, before they were launched from her deck.||USNHC photo # NH 90172, from the Philip H. Wilson Collection, submitted by Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret.|
|110k||B-3 (SS-12) at the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands, with other submarines, circa 1913-1917.||U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 98926.Collection of Phillip H. Wilson. Donated by Mrs. Pauline M. Wilson, 1979.|
|514k||Submarine base at Cavite. Manila, Philippine Islands.
31 appears on the conning tower of the pierside sub as crewmen move a torpedo alongside. Note: The above photo has a vertical # 11 on her shears, so that leads me to believe that the boat in this photo is either B-1 or B-3. But keep in mind that those squadron identifiers sometimes changed, so you can not rely on them to positively ID the boat, only as an indicator. I have also seen a pic of a C-class boat with a vertical # 11, making the use of those squadron identifiers as an ID method a bit problematic.
Notice the 18 inch Whitehead Mk 3 torpedo on the pier next to the boat and its relatively small size compared to the WWII 21 inch Mk 14.
|Text courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).
Photographer: Committee on Public Information
National Archives Identifier: 45511421
Local Identifier: 165-WW-328E-4
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Photo added 05/11/17.
|295k||B-3 (SS-12) with her crew on deck, at the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippines, 1919.||U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 67654.Courtesy of Rear Admiral R.D. Workman, USN (ChC), Retired, 1969 via Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|102k||B-3 (SS-12) with her crew on deck, date and location unknown.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|57k||B-3 (SS-12), date and place unknown.||USN photo courtesy of Mike Green.|
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