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N-2 (SS-54)

Radio Call Sign: November - Zulu - Foxtrot

N-1 Class Submarine: Laid down, 29 July 1915, at Seattle Construction and Drydock Co., Seattle, WA.; Launched, 16 January 1917; Commissioned, USS N-2, 26 September 1917; Designated (SS-54), 17 July 1920; Decommissioned, 30 April 1926, at Philadelphia, PA.; Struck from the Naval Register, 18 December 1930; Final Disposition, scrapped in 1931.

Specifications: Displacement, surfaced: 348 t., submerged: 414 t.; Length 147' 3"; Beam 15' 9"; Draft 12' 6"; Speed, surfaced 13 kts, submerged 11 kts; Depth Limit 200'; Complement 2 Officers, 23 Enlisted; Armament, four 18" torpedo tubes, eight torpedoes; Propulsion, diesel-electric, New London Ship and Engine Co., diesel engines, 480 hp, Fuel Capacity, 6,058 gals., Electro Dynamic Co. electric motors, 280 hp, Battery Cells 120, single screw.
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N-2 121k N-2 (SS-54) launch, 16 January 1917. The ship is dressed, workmen are at the chocks and shoring as they await the sponsoring party to mount the platfrom at the bow. USN photo & text courtesy of Beneath the Surface: World War I Submarines Built in Seattle and Vancouver by Bill Lightfoot. Photo courtesy of Rollie Web.
N-4 77k N-4 (SS-56), with N-2 (SS-54) , at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT., 16 January 1917. USN photo # 19-N-829, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
N-2 995k N-2 (SS-54) heading out to sea while fitting out and conducting sea trials in Puget Sound, 1917. USN photo courtesy of
SS-N890kProposed Installation of 1/2 K.W. 500, E.J. Simon Set for submarines N-1 (SS-53), N-2 (SS-54) & N-3 (SS-55), 9 August 1917.National Archives Identifier: 83833147
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Photo added 06/06/18.
N-boats 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.
N-2 63k View of the N-2's (SS-54) fairwater, taken at the New London Submarine Base, Groton, Connecticut, circa late 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 104980. Photograph from the album of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Edward D. Porges. Donated by his daughter, Gail Porges Guggenheim, 2007.
New London 855k U.S. submarines in New London CT.
From left to right, unidentified, N-3 (SS-55), M-1 (SS-47), N-6 (SS-58) & N-2 (SS-54).
Photo by James W. Anderson, courtesy of Kristina Magill via Gary Priolo.
New London 549k U.S. submarine going to sea for practice, circa 1918:
From right to left, two subs in the photo to the right, You can just see the sterns and a flag. Class/s unknown.
D-boat in mid-river. She is ballasted down aft so that her props, rudder, and aft diving planes clear the ice in the river. Next to pier is the G-3 (SS-31), the other two boats alongside the pier are actually EB design N-class boats, ( N-1, 2 & 3). The arrangement of the towing fairlead bullnose, the towing shackle, and the bow plane arrangement all match EB design N-boats. You can see Conn College on the hill in the background.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR) & Ric Hedmen.
Photographer: Western Newspaper Union.
National Archives Identifier: 45512000
Local Identifier: 165-WW-331E-7.
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Hen and Chicks 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, BOSTS-13838, courtesy of Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard.
N-2 150k N-2's (SS-54) crew, happy & relaxed. The whole compliment sit/stand on deck for an informal portrait while moored at the New London Sub Base. When under way, these 25 men all get crammed into the inner-machinery space inside this small "tin-can" one or more at a time. USN photo & text courtesy of Beneath the Surface: World War I Submarines Built in Seattle and Vancouver by Bill Lightfoot. Photo courtesy of Helene Caldwell.
New London 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.
N-2 67k N-2 (SS-54) underway during the early 1920s. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph # NH 45626 submitted by Robert Hurst.
N-2 68k E.B.'s N-2 (SS-54) was used for training at New London, CT., in the early 1920's. She is shown here loading a torpedo warhead. Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
US Fleet Problem Number VI 1.72k Control Force Employment Schedule, 4 January to 1 March 1926. US Fleet Problem Number VI. Photo courtesy of Steve Ireland.

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