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|183k|| N-1 (SS-53) was intended for harbor defense: she was very nearly a modernized H-boat. Experience with N-boats (SS-53/59) was cited when the U.S. Navy rejected E.B.'s proposal to mass produce H-boats to fill a 1918 goal in submarine production. After WW I, these boats were used for training at New London, CT. ||Drawing by Jim Christley.
Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
|220k||Starboard side view of the N-1 (SS-53), underway at Puget Sound, Seattle, Washington, possibly circa 1917.||Text courtesy of Harry Hoffman via John Parker. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|99k||The crew of N-1 (SS-53) "horsing" a 2,000-pound torpedo through the loading hatch, 1918, probably at New London CT. The stowable davit with head sheave and hand winch is a necessary part of this exercise unless a shore side crane can be used. |
Note: There are other submarines that can be seen moored in the background. The submarine G-2 (SS-27) is the only boat readily identifiable.
|Photo & text courtesy of Beneath the Surface: World War I Submarines Built in Seattle and Vancouver by Bill Lightfoot. Photo courtesy of John Parker.|
|46k||N-1 (SS-53), alongside H-1 (SS-28), off of Cristobal, C.Z., circa December 1917.||USN photo courtesy of John Hummel.|
|367k||N-1's (SS-53) crew of the taken about 1918-19. My Great Uncle Earl Thomas Webb was the CMM on the vessel and is pictured in the middle just below Commander Fuller. Earl Webb served on the N-1 during 1918-1922.||Photo courtesy of William J Webb.|
|221k||N-1's (SS-53) Earl Webb and other crew members.||Photo courtesy of William J Webb.|
|686k||Following sea trials in Puget Sound, N-3 (SS-55), with sister ships N-1 (SS-53) and N-2 (SS-54), departed the Navy Yard 21 November 1917. The three submarines arrived at New London 7 February 1918.
Fighting ice. The tender Savannah (AS-8) plows alead through the ice of Long Island Sound for the three N-boats as they near the end of their 7,000 mile journey from the more temperate waters of Puget Sound. A canvass dodger remains as the protection for the bridge watch.
|Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, Caldwell Collection from Beneath the Surface: World War I Submarines Built in Seattle and Vancouver by Bill Lightfoot.
|1.46k|| N-1 (SS-53) traveling down the Thames River circa spring of 1918. She is yet to get her steel chariot bridge surround installed. The man forward of the periscope sheers, standing on the bridge access hatch, is the helmsman.
Behind, on the shore, can be seen the Fort Griswold Monument and Fort Griswold itself, to the left of the large smoke stack. Fort Griswold is a revolutionary war fort that was the scene of a bloody massacre by the British on American forces. Survivors were taken from the fort and placed on prison ships moored in the Thames River.
|Photo & text from the private collection of Ric Hedman.|
|244k||Photo entitled "Hen and Chicks" shows the Minelayer Shawmut (Id.No. 1255 / CM-4) is seen in Dry Dock 2 of the Boston Navy Yard on 17 April 1918, outward of submarines N-1 (SS-53), N-2 (SS-54), and N-3 (SS-55).||Boston Navy Yard photo # 3734, from the National Park Service, Boston National Historical Park, cat.no. BOSTS-13838, courtesy of Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard.|
|168k||Commander Edward C. Fuller sits on the deck of the U.S. Navy submarine N-1 (SS-53) in 1918 during World War I.||USN photo submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|599k||N-3 (SS-55), showing ship's crew at the New London submarine base Connecticut circa 1919. N-1 (SS-53) and N-2 (SS-54) are in the background.||Source: US Naval History Heritage and Command, Photo No. NH 45627 via Mike Green.
Photo added 11/05/16.
|112k||Bow view of N-1 (SS-53) operating near the New London Submarine Base, Connecticut in 1919.||USN photo. Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert Hurst.|
|82k||Radio shack of the N-1 (SS-53), date unknown.||USN photo courtesy of John Hummel.|
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