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N-3 (SS-55)

Radio Call Sign: November - Zulu - Golf

N-1 Class Submarine: Laid down, 31 July 1915, at Seattle Construction and Drydock Co., Seattle, WA.; Launched, 21 February 1917; Commissioned, USS N-3, 26 September 1917; Designated (SS-55), 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-3 72k Miss Coontz sponsors N-3 (SS-55). Outfitted to the height of fashion, fur and all, the daughter of the commandant of the Puget Sound Naval Yard on a chilly February day, christens the last submarine ever built in Seattle. U.S. Navy photo & text courtesy of Beneath the Surface: World War I Submarines Built in Seattle and Vancouver by Bill Lightfoot. Photo courtesy of Tim Sandry.
N-boats 686k Following sea trails 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.
Photo added 05/14/13.
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, cat.no. BOSTS-13838, courtesy of Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard.
N-3 72k View looking forward from the fairwater, while N-3 (SS-55) was underway during a training voyage out of the New London Submarine Base, Groton, Connecticut, circa late 1918. Note the "SC-Tube" type hydrophone (horizontal tube atop a short post) mounted on N-3's foredeck. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 104982. Photograph from the album of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Edward D. Porges. Donated by his daughter, Gail Porges Guggenheim, 2007.
N-3 41k Crew members on and by her fairwater, while she was underway during a training voyage out of the New London Submarine Base, Groton, Connecticut, circa late 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 104983. Photograph from the album of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Edward D. Porges. Donated by his daughter, Gail Porges Guggenheim, 2007.
N-3 53k View looking aft from atop the fairwater, while N-3 (SS-55) was underway during a training voyage out of the New London Submarine Base, Groton, Connecticut, circa late 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 104981. Photograph from the album of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Edward D. Porges. Donated by his daughter, Gail Porges Guggenheim, 2007.
E-2, H-1, G-2, N-3 & 7 35k View of the base waterfront, circa late 1918.
Among the submarines present are:
N-3 (SS-55), right
H-1 (SS-28), inboard of N-3,
G-2 (SS-27), left center, inboard of E-2 (SS-25); and
N-7 (SS-59) , left distance.
Courtesy of John Hummel. Photo i.d. courtesy of USNHC photo # NH 104987.
N-3 111k Portside view of the N-3 (SS-055), possibly going up the St. Lawrence River, circa 1921. One of the first submarines to navigate the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, she put in at Halifax, Quebec, Montreal, and Port Dalhousie before arriving Toledo, 25 June 1921. Text courtesy of DANFS. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.

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