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L-7 (SS-46)

Radio Call Sign: November - Yankee - Tango

L-5 Class Submarine: Laid down, 2 June 1914, at Craig Shipbuilding Co., Long Beach, CA.; Launched, 28 September 1916; Commissioned, USS L-7, 7 December 1917; Designated (SS-46), 17 July 1920; After a period of commission in ordinary early in 1922, L-7 was returned to full commission on 1 July 1922; Decommissioned, and struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1922, at Hampton Roads; Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1925; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 December 1925, to M. Samuel & Sons.
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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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-7 2.00k The submarine L-7 (SS-46) with L-6 (SS-45) inboard berthed at Mare Island on 14 April 1918. Yale (ID-1672) and Charles (ID-1298) are to the right. USN Photo # 4038, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
L-7 1.90k Stern view of L-7 (SS-46) outboard of L-6 (SS-45) berthed at Mare Island on 14 April 1918. USN Photo # 4038, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
L-7 1.30k L-7 (SS-46) in the Mare Island channel on 15 April 1918. NARA # 19-N-7228, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo i.d. courtey of Darryl Baker & David Johnston (USNR).
L-7 2.50k L-7 (SS-46) in the Mare Island channel on 15 April 1918. USN Photo # 3905, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
SS-46103kL-7 (SS-46) bow view at Long Beach California, 3 June 1918. Note that she still has an open bridge. USN photo from NARA # 19-N-1160, courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
Partial text courtesy of USNHC photo # NH 81353.
L boat 750k The Alert (AS-4) and two of her 'pigs' in Bermuda, L-5 (SS-44), L-6 (SS-45), L-7 (SS-46) & L-8 (SS-48). Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman & David Johnston (USNR).
Photo courtesy of Kristina Magill via Gary Priolo.
Photo added 07/17/15.
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.
L-6, 7 & 8 35k L-6 (SS-45), L-8 (SS-48), and L-7 (SS-46) at San Pedro, circa 1919 - 1922. Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Photo courtesy of Ms. Patricia Kipp Combs.
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.
R-24 134k PDF entitled "How the Diesel engine came to America." Photo courtesy of subvetpaul.com.
graveyard shift977kStarting a 5,000-mile journey, which will end at their own graveyard,twelve H and L type submarines left the Navy base at San Pedro, CA, recently, bound for Hampton Roads, VA. through the Panama Canal. Upon arrival on the East coast they are to be decommissioned and cut up for scrap iron.
Ten of the boats were:
H-2 (SS-29),
H-3 (SS-30),
L-6 (SS-45),
L-7 (SS-46),
H-4 (SS-147),
H-5 (SS-148),
H-6 (SS-149),
H-7 (SS-150),
H-8 (SS-151),
H-9 (SS-152).
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Lehi Sun. (Lehi, Utah) 1913-1949, 17 August 1922, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.

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