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K-5 (SS-36)

Radio Call Sign: November - Yankee - Juliet

K Class Submarine: Laid down, 10 June 1912, at Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA.; Launched, 17 March 1914; Commissioned, USS K-5, 22 August 1914; Designated (SS-36), 17 July 1920; Decommissioned, 20 February 1923, at Hampton Roads (Submarine Base); Struck from the Naval Register, 18 December 1930; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 June 1931.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 392 t., Submerged: 521 t.; Length 153' 7"; Beam 16' 8"; Draft 13' 1"; Speed, Surfaced 14 kts, Submerged 10.5 kts; Operating Depth, 200'; Complement, 2 Officers, 26 Enlisted; Armament, four 18" torpedo tubes, eight torpedoes, one 3"/23 deck gun; Propulsion, diesel-electric, New London Ship & Engine Co., diesel engines, HP 960, Fuel Capacity, 18,126, Electro Dynamic Co., electric motors, HP 960, Battery Cells, 120, single propeller.
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K-6 774k OLD AND NEW
America's first battleship, the Constitution, and the navy's latest acquisitions, the submarines K-5 (SS-36) and K-6 (SS-37), lying side by side in the Charlestown navy yard.
Photo by International News Service.
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo from The Hayti Herald. (Hayti, Mo.) 1908-1922, 03 December 1914, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
K-565kThe K-5 (SS-36) at full speed in a heavy sea. When running on the surface, the vessel has the seaworthiness of a destroyer. Photo taken from "Popular Mechanics" Magazine, March 1915, courtesy of Robert Hurst.
K 1.0k Submarines K-1 (SS-32), K-2 (SS-33), K-5 (SS-36) & K-6 (SS-37) at 135th street and the North River.
K-5 getting into place is shown in the lower picture.
Photoi.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 07 May 1915, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
K 835k LAST BUT NOT LEAST IN NAVAL PAGEANT.
On her recent trip from Pensacola to New York, the K-5 (SS-36) and three other submarines in the same class made one of the longest continuous voyages ever attempted by vessels of this submersible type. When Lt. R.C. Grady, her commander, steered alongside the landing at 135 St. on 6 May, a statement from the Navy Dept. referred to the voyage from Key West "an uninterrupted run of about 1,200 miles, one of the longest steady runs ever accompanied by American submarines."
....Ensign H.C. Fraser and members of the crew were completely exhausted after the nerve racking voyage.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 19 May 1915, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
K 472k Submarines K-1 (SS-32), K-4 (SS-35), K-5 (SS-36) at Tampa, Florida. The boats still have their pre-WW I canvas bridge covers. All three went to the Azores in October 1917 so would have had the chariot bridge conversion there. This is a pre-WW I photo circa 1915/16. Photo courtesy of John Hayward.
Text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR) & Ric Hedman.
Henry Ford 1.40k Ford Explores Submarine;16 Times Too Big He Says
Henry Ford going aboard E-2 (SS-25) on inspection tour of United State undersea craft.
Inventor Sees Undersea Craft for First time, Shakes Head Over Cost After Inspecting K-5 (SS-36) and E-2 at Navy Yard Docks.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 24 September 1915, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
K 1.91k BOTTOM OF THE "STAIRS" THE LIMIT OF HENRY FORDS FIRST SUBMARINE TRIP
Henry Ford on the deck of submarine K-5 (SS-36), at the New York Navy yesterday.
Left to right: Lieut. R. P. Craft. Naval Constructor G. H. Rock. Capt. G. E. Burd, Mr. Ford and his son Edsel Ford; Lieut. C. W. Nimitz. Lieutenant-Commander E. P. Jessup.
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, 24 September 1915, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
K-5 653k SUBMARINE K-5 (SS-36) Undersea Craft Lost In Fog Reaches Key West, Florida.Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH
Photo from The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) 1898-192?, 04 February 1916, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
K-5 615k SUBMARINE K-5 (SS-36) REPORTED MISSING ON WAY FROM NEW YORK TO PENSACOLA.Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Logan Republican. (Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 15 February 1916, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
K-5350k K-6 (SS-37) underway in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 13 December 1916. Her sister, K-5 (SS-36) is in the distance, beyond K-6's bow. Text courtesy of U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 2904.
US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
K-5134kPortside view of the K-5 (SS-36) off Pensacola, Florida on 12 April, 1916, underway with "zebra" camouflage, US National Archive photo # 80-G-451709, courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
K-551kK-5 (SS-36) in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 13 December 1916. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 52377.
K-5208kPort side view of the K-5 (SS-36) in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 13 December 1916. US Navy photo # 19-N-1888 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
K-5, K-6111kK-5 (SS-36) and K-6 (SS-37) alongside, the monitor Tallahassee in 1916. US Navy photo from DANFS, submitted by Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret.
K-5143k K-8 (SS-39) tied up alongside K-5 (SS-36), prior to World War I. Fine-screen halftone reproduction, published in "Sea Power" magazine, May 1917. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 76058.
U-boats 605k Uncle Sam Gets Points For Improvement of Navy From Captured Submarine
U-BOAT TAKEN BY BRITISH GIVES "TIPS" TO U.S. NAVY
The latest type of United States submarine, the K-class, in which Uncle Sam is making improvements, learned by studying captured German vessels. This is the K-5 (SS-36).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Newspaper text courtesy of The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 30 December 1917, FINAL EDITION, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
K-1, K-2, K-5, K-6 1.74k Preparation by the Navy to Take Its Part in the War
"American submarines of the K-class fitted out with machinery & equipment of the latest type to be used in case of hostile descent on our coast".
Pictured in no particular order are probably the K-1 (SS-32), K-2 (SS-33), K-5 (SS-36), and K-6 (SS-37) alongside the tender Bushnell (AS-2), Ponta Delgada, Azores, circa 1918.
Photo by Central News, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Partial text from "The War of the Nations" (New York), pg 362, 31 December 1919.
K boats & BB-30 Florida88k USN subs K-1 (SS-32), K-2 (SS-32), K-6 (SS-37) & K-5 (SS-36) prior to going to Europe after the US entered WW I. The Florida (BB-30) is seen at rear. Notice that the K-5 is being painted with "Dazzle paint". USN photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
K-596k K-5 (SS-36) underway, during her 1919 Mississippi River cruise.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. USNHC photo # 80-G-1025096.
PDF Image and text provided by University of New Mexico.
Photo from The Evening Herald.(Albuquerque, N.M.) 1914-1922, 09 August 1919, Section Two, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
K-5102k K-5 (SS-36) underway on the Mississippi River, 1919.Photographed from the mast of an escorting Navy ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 52384.
K-598k K-5 (SS-36) underway on the Mississippi River, 1919. Photographed from the mast of an escorting Navy ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 52385.
K-5123kK-5 (SS-36), the first submarine to navigate the Mississippi River, arriving at St Louis, 14 June 1919. US Navy photo # NR&L (Mod) 4733 from DANFS, submitted by Joe Radigan, MACM USN, Ret.
K-570k K-5 (SS-36) underway on the Mississippi River, 1919. Photographed from on board an escorting Navy ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 52381.
K-564k K-5 (SS-36) underway on the Mississippi River, 1919, with crewmen relaxing on deck. Photographed from on board an escorting Navy ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 52386.
K-579k K-5 (SS-36) preparing to dock, during her 1919 Mississippi River cruise.
She displays some standard WW I modifications: passive sound gear forward (the three "rats" of a Y-tube forward of the outward planes & an SC tube forward of the forward hatch); a permanent chariot bridge; and housing periscopes.
A submarine chaser (SC) is astern of the K-5.
Partial text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.Naval Institute Press.
K-571k K-5 (SS-36) taking a party of St. Louis businessmen down for a dive in the Mississippi River, 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 52378.
K-5296k K-5 (SS-36) during her 1919 Mississippi River cruise. PDF courtesy of Ron Reeves.
K-565k "Y-Tube" hydrophone mounted on the K-5's (SS-36) bow, 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 52379.
K-572k E.B.'s K-5 (SS-36) is shown as built, with fared periscope shears. The shaded circle under her fore planes is a Fressenden oscillator, the replacement for the earlier signal bell.Drawing by Jim Christley. Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
K 378k Unidentified K-boat in New York City Harbor; K-1 (SS-32), K-2 (SS-33), K-5 (SS-36), or K-6 (SS-37) sails along in this undated postcard photo. Photo by Underwood & Underwood courtesy of Arnold A. Putnam via Gary Priolo.
K 117k K-boats in harbor with a four funnel destroyer in the background;
K-1 (SS-32), K-2 (SS-33), K-6 (SS-37), K-4 (SS-35), K-7 (SS-38), K-3 (SS-34), K-5 (SS-36) & K-8 (SS-39) appear in this undated photo. K-5 is being repainted.
Text i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Photo courtesy of Rick Larson (of blessed memory) via the unique hand of Ric Hedman.
K boats 748k UNITED STATES submarines in drydock at the Navy Yard. The wonders of League Island will be open to the public today for the navy relief-day celebration. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the great changes that have taken place in the Navy Yard.
K-5 (SS-36), K-7 (SS-38), K-8 underwent overhaul here during this period.
K-5 departed Key West for Philadelphia 12 June 1920, arriving the 17th for overhaul.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA & DANFS.
Photo from the Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 28 June 1919, Sports Extra, Image 24, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
K 843k One of the mother ships of Uncle Sam's navy the Camden (AS-6), and her nine undersea kittens, a formidable flotilla of Yankee submarines that have been a source of great interest the last two weeks to visitors to the Atlantic Fleet at anchor in the Hudson. The Camden and her family have been at anchor off the Seventies. Above. How the K-5 (SS-36) looks when traveling at full speed on the surface. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 16 May 1920, Image 59, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
K 696k There are fewer busier places in Philadelphia than the large drydock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where repairs are being made on eleven of Uncle Sam's submarine craft.
Among the boats visible is the K-1 (SS-32), which appears in the front left corner, and K-5 (SS-36), behind her.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from the Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 14 October 1920, NIGHT EXTRA, Image 26, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
K-5134kK-5 (SS-36) underway, starboard side view, date and location unknown. US Navy photo from NARA # 19-N-13877, courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
K-5672kK-5 (SS-36) sports cold weather uniforms while sailing with N.Y.? in the background. USN photo from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Unknown Photos 412k Submarine being overhauled, Philadelphia Navy Yard drydock, 19 March 1929.
The boats might be K-boats, with one Lake design N-class.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston & Ric Hedmen.
Photo 08_06_006682 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
Photo added 09/24/13.

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