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Schley / AA-1 / T-1 (SF-1) (SS-52)

Radio Call Sign: November - India - Lima - Bravo

T Class Submarine: Laid down, 21 June 1916, as Schley (Submarine No. 52), at Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA.; Renamed AA-1, 23 August 1917; Launched, 25 July 1918; Commissioned, USS AA-1, 30 January 1920; Designated (SF-1), 20 July 1920; Renamed USS T-1 (SF-1), 20 September 1920; Decommissioned, 5 December 1922, at Sub Base Hampton Roads, VA.; Struck from the Naval Register, 19 September 1930; Final Disposition, broken up and hulk sold for scrap, 20 November 1930.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,107 t., Submerged: 1,482 t.; Length 268' 9"; Beam 22' 10"; Draft 14' 2"; Speed, Surfaced 20 kts, Submerged 10.5 kts; Depth Limit 150'; Complement 4 Officers, 34 Enlisted; Armament, six 21", torpedo tubes, 16 torpedoes, two 3"/23 deck guns; Propulsion, diesel-electric, New London Ship & Engine Co, diesel engine, 4,000 hp, Fuel Capacity, 23,602 gal., Electro Dynamic Co, electric motors, 1,350 hp, Battery Cells, 120, twin propellers.
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T-1 533k REAR ADMIRAL WINFIELD SCOTT SCHLEYImage and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, 28 May 1899, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
T-1 1.05k To Open Bids For Eight Submarines
Navy Department to Let Contract for "Greatest Afloat" Vessels Will Have Improvements Based on Lessons of European Conflict.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 06 November 1914, HOME EDITION, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
T-1 1.03k World's Greatest Submarine to Belong to Uncle Sam.Image and text provided by University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC.
Photo from The Anderson Daily Intelligencer. (Anderson, S.C.) 1914-1917, 27 March 1915, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
D-1 770k Submarine Monsters for American Navy.
It Is fitting that the United States, where the submarine torpedoboat was designed and first built, should have the latest thing in these underseas monsters. So the naval architects in Washington have designed a fighting ship that will prove the most formidable that ever patrolled the seas, as it will be the largest.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.] 1914-1942, 28 May 1915, Night Extra, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 05/05/13.
T-1 2.02k MORE TERRIBLY DESTRUCTIVE SUBMARINES FORESEEN
U.S. Naval Men Look Forward to Development of a Vessel Capable of 25 Knots an Hour
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo & text by The Sun.(New York, [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 25 July 1915, FIFTH SECTION SPECIAL FEATURE MAGAZINE, Image 45, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-49 1.70k NEW SCHLEY CLASS SUBMARINES TO MARK BIG ADVANCE
Two Soon to Be Contracted For Expected to Be the Most Efficient Undersea Fighters Afloat; They Will Be 265 Feet Long, Will Carry Rapid Fire Guns and Have Many Novel Features
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, 17 October 1915, FIFTH SECTION SPECIAL FEATURE MAGAZINE, Image 47, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-49 1.99k U S. SUBMARINE POLICY FAILURE, SAY EXPERTS
Vaunted Schley Class Boats a Disappointment Even With Greatest Strides Nation Will Still Be Five Years Behind Europe in Speed and Efficiency
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, 19 March 1916, SIXTH SECTION SPECIAL FEATURE SUPPLEMENT, Image 59, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
 R 893k Schley (SS-52) bow view on 6 July 1916, two weeks after her keel was laid. US National Archives photo # 19lc 09 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Editors Note: None of the photos from NARA would have seen the light of day here if it were not for the effort of Sean Hert to scan and send them to me. He and Tracy White have done this innumerable times and I owe them a heart felt debt of perpetual thanks for being my legs from over 6,000 miles away.
 R 1.91k Schley (SS-52) stern view, 6 July 1916. US National Archives photo # 19lc 08 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 1.10k Schley (SS-52) forward looking aft, 2 Oct. 1916. US National Archives photo # 19lc 10 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 1.60k Schley (SS-52) forward looking aft, 9 January 1917.
Note the construction of two other submarines on the ways to the left.
The only other submarines under construction at Fore River were O-3 (SS-64), O-4 (SS-65), O-5 (SS-66), & O-6 (SS-67), which were all laid down between 2 through 8 December 1916.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).
US National Archives photo # 19lc 11 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 1.10k Schley (SS-52) forward looking aft, 24 April 1917. US National Archives photo # 19lc 13 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 1.10k Schley (SS-52) view forward looking aft, 16 July 1917. US National Archives photo # 19lc 07 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 905k AA-1 (SS-52) view forward looking aft, 4 October 1917. US National Archives photo # 19lc 06 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 1.00k Schley (SS-52) forward looking aft, 14 February 1918. US National Archives photo # 19lc 12 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
T-1 106k Ships fitting out at the Fore River shipyard, 19 March 1918. The six destroyers are Little (DD-79), Kimberly (DD-80), Sigourney (DD-81), Gregory (DD-82), Colhoun (DD-85) and Stevens (DD-86), which had builder's hull numbers 274-277 and 280-281 respectively. The freighter at right is Katrina Luckenbach, yard hull # 267, which served as Katrina Luckenbach in 1918-19. Most of the equipment on the pier is for her. Note the large submarine being built in the background, under the revolving crane.
It is probably S-1 (SS-105) or one of the AA-1 class: The AA-1 (SS-52), T-2 (SS-60) or T-3 (SS-61).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 43022.
T-1 78k Fore River Shipbuilding Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts. Destroyers fitting out on 20 June 1918. Murray (DD-97) is in the foreground, with Stribling (DD-96) outboard. In the middle distance are Bell (DD-95), with Dyer (DD-84) inboard of her. These four destroyers had builder's hull numbers 303, 302, 301 and 279, respectively, and these numbers are painted in small numerals on the ships' bows.
A submarine is on the building ways in the background, under the large crane. It is probably S-1 (SS-105) or one of the AA-1 class: The AA-1 (SS-52), T-2 (SS-60) or T-3 (SS-61).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 43024.
 R 737k The crowd can be seen under her propellers during the launching of the Schley (SS-52) on 25 July 1918. US National Archives photo # 19lc 14 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 523k AA-1 (SS-52), underway, 15 April 1919, doing 11.3 knots during her trials off Provincetown Mass. US National Archives photo # 19lc2478 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 737k AA-1 (SS-52), underway, 8 September 1919, prior to commissioning, off Provincetown Mass. US National Archives photo # 19lc 2479 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 414k Schley (SS-52) at 20.92 knots off Provincetown Mass. 8 September 1919. US National Archives photo # 19lc 2480 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
T-1 34k AA-1 (SS-52) as designed, had single 3-in/23 guns fore & aft on disappearing mounts & pairs of twin trainable torpedo tubes fore & aft of the bridge structure. The 3-in guns apparently were never installed; by 1920 the boat had a 4-in/50. Drawing by Jim Christley, text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
 R 311k Off Provinctown Mass., on 8 September 1919, AA-1 (SS-52), shows the opening for a pair of torpedo tubes abaft her bridge fairwater. At this time, she had not yet been fitted with a 4-in deck gun. Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
US National Archives photo # t1 19lc2481 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 308k AA-1 (SS-52) at rest off Provincetown Mass. 8 September 1919. US National Archives photo # 19lc2482 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-40 New Mexico498k The AA-1 (SS-52), Uncle Sam's New Submarine, the Fastest in the World. Photo by Amerrican Press Association.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Ogden Standard. (Ogden City, Utah) 1913-1920, 12 December 1919, LAST EDITION - 4 P.M., Image 12, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
T-1 22k The AA-1 (SS-52) makes its way, possibly off Provinctown, Mass. early in her career. US Navy photo courtesy of Robert Hurst. Text courtesy of DANFS.
(K-2, T1 & 3) 27k Circa post 1920 photo of the K-2 (SS-33), T-1(SS-52) & T-3 (SS-61). In the foreground is another unidentified K-boat. The T-1 has a canvas covering over her deck gun. Note differences in the construction of the T-1 & T-3 conning tower fairwaters. Photo & text courtesy of Ric Hedman.
T-1 98k AA-1 (SS-52) fires a torpedo from her trainable deck tube. Photo courtesy of Submarine Force Museum & Library, text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
BB-49 483k Our New Battleships & T-Boats Lead World's Navies
Vessels of the North Carolina Class When Completed Will Put United States in Advance of Any Nation When Major Fighting Craft Are Considered---Fleet Submarines Under Construction Completely Overshadow Famous Deutschland in Size and Speed Besides Possessing Latest Marvels in Mechanical Equipment.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Ogden Standard-Examiner. (Ogden, Utah) 1920-current, 04 February 1921, LAST EDITION, Image 11, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
T-1 160k AA-1 (SS-52) in dry dock at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, March 1921. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 102974. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
T-1 146k Henderson (AP-1) at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 20 May 1922, just before sailing for Japan with Secretary of the Navy Denby and the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1881. T-1 (SS-52) is to the right, alongside Fulton (AS-1), and the upperworks of two colliers are visible in the background. US Navy photo # NH 82524 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of W. E. and R. W. Bennington, 1974, from the collection of William E. Bennington. US Naval Historical Center.

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