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N-5 (SS-57)

Radio Call Sign: November - Zulu - India

N-4 Class Submarine: Laid down, 10 April 1915, at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT.; Launched, 22 March 1917; Commissioned, USS N-5, 13 June 1918, at New York Navy Yard; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, 7 June 1920; Designated (SS-57), 17 July 1920; Extensive overhaul at Philadelphia, PA., until 7 April 1921; Put into New London to have her main engines removed and transferred to L-11 (SS-51); Ordered to be sold 5 April 1922; Tug Lykens (AT-56) towed the hulk of N-5 to Philadelphia, arriving 14 April 1922;Decommissioned, 19 April 1922, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.; Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 25 September 1922 to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia, PA.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, surfaced: 340 t., submerged: 415 t.; Length 147' 3"; Beam 14' 6"; Draft 12' 4"; Speed, surfaced 13 kts, submerged 11 kts; Maximum Depth 200'; Complement 3 Officers, 26 Enlisted; Armament, four 18" torpedo tubes, eight torpedoes; Propulsion, diesel-electric, Busch Sulzer Brothers Diesel Engine Co., diesel engines, 600 hp, Fuel Capacity, 5,976 gals., Diehl Manufacture Co. electric motors, 300 hp, Battery Cells 120, single screw.
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N-5 117k Stern view of the N-5 (SS-57) at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT., on her launching day, 22 March 1917. US Navy photo # 19-N-850, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
N-5 121k Bow view of the N-5 (SS-57) and the christening box at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT., on her launching day, 22 March 1917. US Navy photo # CR-41237, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
N-5 552k One of Uncle Sam's New Subs, Superior to Any of Germany's.
Uncle Sam has just launched in eastern port several submarines equal of anything Germany has yet produced. These two views show N-5 (SS-57) at her pier before she had taken her trial trip. There are some things in connection to this vessel and the others of the N-series of submarines which the Navy department does not care to have published. But it may be stated that these vessels are superior to anything the Germans have yet shown.
Image and text provided by University of Oregon, Knight Library; Eugene, OR.
Photo from The Evening Herald. (Klamath Falls, Or.) 1906-1942, 09 April 1917, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 12/04/10.
N-5 & 7 107k Bow view tied up to dock, from left to right:N-7 (SS-59) & N-5 (SS-57) at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT., US Navy photo # 19-N-853, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
N-5 107k Stern view of the N-5 (SS-57) tied up to dock at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT., 2 July 1917. US Navy photo # 19-N-870, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
N-5, 4, & O-12 110k N-4 (SS-56), N-5 (SS-57), & O-12 (SS-73) tied up to dock at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT., 1 April 1918.
US Navy photo # 19-N-884, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
N-5 42k Lake's N-5 (SS-57) is shown at the end of WW I, with standard sound gear (Y & SC-tube) on her foredeck. This design was considered obsolete; the boat's engines were removed in 1922 for installation in an E.B. L-boat.
Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
N-5 99k Port side view of the N-5 (SS-57) underway, probably on the Thames river in New London, CT., date unknown. US Navy photo # 80-G-1025033, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
R-24 134k PDF entitled "How the Diesel engine came to America." Photo courtesy of subvetpaul.com.

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