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L-5 (SS-44)

Radio Call Sign: November - Yankee - Romeo

L-5 Class Submarine: Laid down, 14 May 1914, at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT.; Launched, 1 May 1916; Commissioned, USS L-5, 17 February 1918; Designated (SS-44), 17 July 1920; Decommissioned, and struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1922, at Hampton Roads; Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1925; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 December 1925, to Passaic Salvage & Reclamation Co., Newark, NJ.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, surfaced: 456 t., submerged: 524 t..; Length 165'; Beam 14' 9"; Draft 13' 3"; Speed, surfaced 14 kts, submerged 10.5 kts; Depth Limit 200'; Complement 2 Officers, 26 Enlisted; Armament, four 18", torpedo tubes, 8 torpedoes, one 3"/23 deck gun; Propulsion, diesel-electric, Busch Sulzer Brothers Diesel Engine Co., diesel engines, 1,200hp, Fuel Capacity, 17,800 gal., Diehl Manufacture Co. electric motors, 800hp, Battery Cells 120, single propeller.
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SS-4482kL-5 (SS-44) on official trials at Provincetown, 4th run, speed 13.2 knots. 14 August 1917.US Navy photo from NARA # 19-N-13792, courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
SS-4494kL-5 (SS-44) on official trials at Provincetown, 5th run, speed 13.3 knots. 14 August 1917.US Navy photo from NARA # 19-N-13793, courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
SS-4485kL-5 (SS-44) on official trials at Provincetown, 15 August 1917.US Navy photo from NARA # 19-N-37-11-8, courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
SS-4466k Starboard side view of the L-5 (SS-44), probably at Provincetown, 15 August 1917.US Navy photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org.
SS-4469k L-5 (SS-44) making 9.05 knots during submerged trials off Provincetown, Massachusetts, 15 August 1917.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 51133.
Pennell 127k What looks to be L-class (SS-40/51) submarines in dry dock, by the artist Joseph Pennell, 1917. Photo # 3c19552v, LC-USZ62-119552. Photograph courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
L- boats 753k Sack Time. Typical of the subject submarines, here men are stacked four high on canvas fold away bunks aboard an American L-boat in the European theater. Photo from Illustrated London News, 28 September, 1918, courtesy of Beneath the Surface: World War I Submarines Built in Seattle and Vancouver by Bill Lightfoot.
Photo added 05/13/13.
L-boats 623k L-5 (SS-44), L-6 (SS-45), L-7 (SS-46) & L-8 (SS-48) at San Pedro, circa 1919 -1922. Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman & David Johnston (USNR).
Photo courtesy of Carlos Manuel Estrela via Fabio Peña.
Lake type97kSubmarines at a West Coast port, circa 1919-1922. The Lake type L-8 (SS-48) is at the outboard (left) end of the nest, with her sister, L-7 (SS-46), in the middle (3rd from left). H-3 (SS-30) is between them, with another Electric Boat Company submarine second from right. The inboard (right) "boat" and that in the foreground are the other two units of the Lake-designed L-5 class; L-5 (SS-44) and L-6 (SS-45). Note piloting station details, periscope, and wide deck of the Lake type L-boat in the foreground. USNHC photo # NH 103256. Collection of Chief Engineman Virgil Breland, USN. Donated by Mrs. E.H. Breland, 1979.
Lake type89kSubmarines at a West Coast port, circa 1919-1922. The Lake type L-8 (SS-48) is at the outboard (left) end of the nest, with her sister, L-7 (SS-46), in the middle (3rd from left). H-3 (SS-30) is between them, with another Electric Boat Company submarine second from right. The inboard (right) "boat" and that in the foreground are the other two units of the Lake-designed L-5 class; L-5 (SS-44) and L-6 (SS-45). Note the "Y-tube" hydrophone mounted on the bow of the submarine in the foreground. USNHC photo # NH 103255. Collection of Chief Engineman Virgil Breland, USN. Donated by Mrs. E.H. Breland, 1979.
SS-44723kPanoramic photograph of the submarine L-5 (SS-44) underway, with officers and crew members on deck, circa 1919-1921. Note the Lewis light machine gun on deck, just forward of the men standing beside the fairwater.Donation of Charles Hafner, 2010. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph # NH 107495 submitted by Robert Hurst.
R-24 134k PDF entitled "How the Diesel engine came to America." Photo courtesy of subvetpaul.com.

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