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AA-2 / T-2 (SF-2) (SS-60)

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Bravo - Bravo

T Class Submarine: Laid down, as AA-2, 31 May 1917, at Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA.; Launched, 6 September 1919; Designated AA-2 (SF-2), 17 July 1920; Renamed T-2, 22 September 1920; Commissioned USS T-2 (SF-2), 7 January 1922, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.; Decommissioned, 16 July 1923, at Sub Base Hampton Roads, VA.; later moved to Philadelphia; 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-3 1.50k AA-2 (SS-60) & AA-3 (SS-61), aft looking forward, Fore River Ship Yard, 16 July 1917. US National Archives photo # 16lc 5 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
T-2 1.20k AA-2 (SS-60) & AA-3 (SS-61), forward looking aft, Fore River Ship Yard, 16 July 1917. US National Archives photo # 16lc 7 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert
T-3 956k AA-3 (SS-61) & AA-2 (SS-60), forward looking aft, Fore River Ship Yard, 4 October 1917. US National Archives photo # 16lc 4 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.
(SS-60) 1.20k The T-boats (SS-52-60/61) were conceived as fleet submarines. Although their hulls were considered successful, they failed utterly because their complex power plants were unreliable. T-2 (SS-60) is shown here. Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
USN photo # NH 41515 courtesy of USNHC.
(SS-60) 109k Note the circular plate of a Fessenden oscillator below her waterline, and a Y-tube on deck. The inboard profile shows the unfortunate tandem diesel power plant. Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
T-2 909k Wearing their best lauching day clothes, spectators gather by the stern of the AA-2 (SS-60) at Fore River Ship Yard, 6 September 1919. US National Archives photo # 19lc 2 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
AA-2 622k OUR GREATEST SUBMARINE LAUNCHED
The largest and greatest of Uncle Sam's submarines, AA-2 (SS-60) taking the water at the yards at the Fore River shipbuilding company at Quincy,Mass.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from Iron County Record (Cedar City, Utah) 1893-1982, 3 October 1919, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
(SS-60) 35k The T-2 (SS-60) being launched at Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA., 6 September 1919. USN photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
(K-2, T1 & 3) 144k 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. USN photo & text courtesy of Ric Hedman.
T-2 885k AA-2 (SS-60), with the pre-commissioned S-22 (SS-127), S-21 (SS-126) & S-23 (SS-128) at Fore River Ship Yard, 4 January 1921. US National Archives photo # 19lc 3 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
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-2 1.20k AA-2 (SS-60) at Fore River Ship Yard, 1 October 1921.
Note the submarine being built in the boat house above the docked AA-2. The last 3 S-boats being turned out there were S-44 (SS-155), S-46 (SS-157) & S-47 (SS-158); respectivley laid down 14 January, 23 February & 26 February 1921.
US National Archives photo # 19lc 1 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
T-2 2.65k Caption written on photo U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., 19 January 1926, dry dock No. 1, submarine. (But which one?)
Stern view of T-2 (SS-60) appears here while she laid up in the Reserve Fleet at Norfolk, VA.
Both T-1 & T-2 were moved to Philadelphia in the late 20's, so I am speculating that these photos were taken as the boat was drawn out of the reserve fleet and was being inspected and prepped for the tow to Philly. They would probably want to make sure the hull was intact and would not cause any problems during the tow north.
Her sister T-1 had an expanded deck sponson forward for a larger 4 inch gun that her two sisters never got. Since T-3 was already in Philly by the date on the photo, that means that the only boat this could be is T-2.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).
National Archives Identifier: 52560319
Local Identifier: 181-V-3232.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Photo added 04/01/17.
T-2 1.80k U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., 19 January 1926, dry dock No. 1, submarine T-2 (SS-60) appears here while she laid up in the Reserve Fleet at Norfolk, VA.
She was already decommissioned on 16 July 1923. In 4 years she would be razor blades.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR)
National Archives Identifier: 52560323
Local Identifier: 181-V-3235.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Photo added 04/01/17.

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