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O-1 (SS-62)


O Class Submarine: Laid down, 26 March 1917, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H.; Launched, 9 October 1918; Commissioned, USS O-1, 5 November 1918; Designated (SS-62), 17 July 1920; Reclassified a 2nd line submarine 25 July 1924 and to a 1st line submarine, 6 June 1928; Converted to an experimental vessel 28 December 1930; Decommissioned, 11 June 1931, at Sub Base New London, CT.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; Struck from the Naval Register, 18 March 1938; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, date unknown.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Reclassified a 2nd line submarine 25 July 1924 and to a 1st line submarine, 6 June 1928; Converted to an experimental vessel 28 December 1930; Decommissioned, 11 June 1931, at Sub Base New London, CT.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; Struck from the Naval Register, 18 March 1938; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 March 1938 date unknown. Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 521 t., Submerged: 629 t.; Length 172' 4"; Beam 18' 0"; Draft 14' 5"; Speed, Surfaced 14 kts, Submerged 10.5 kts; Operational Depth Limit 200 ft; Complement 2 Officers 27 Enlisted; Armament, four 18", torpedo tubes, 8 torpedoes, one 3"/23 deck gun; Propulsion, diesel-electric, New England Ship and Engine Co, diesels, 880 hp, Fuel Capacity, 21,897 gal.; New York Navy Yard electric motors, 740 hp, Battery Cells 120, single propeller.
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O-1 104k The O-class (SS-61/77) reverted to the sort of dimensions developed in the K-boats (SS-31/39) & L-boats (SS-40/46-48/51). E.B.'s O-1 (SS-62), is shown; note that, like the K-boats, (but not the L-boats), she has a bow cap for her torpedo tubes.
Drawing by Jim Christley.
Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
L-8  / O-193kKeel laying ceremony for the O-1 (SS-62) at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, 26 March 1917. L-8 (SS-48) is under construction in the left background. She was launched on 23 April 1917. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 46543.
O-1 103k O-1's (SS-62) Sponsor poses with her bouquet, just before christening the submarine, at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, on 9 July 1918. Just to the right is Rear Admiral Clifford J. Boush, Commandant of the Navy Yard. To the left, in white uniform, is Rear Admiral Spencer S. Woods, Commandant of the First Naval District. Note sign in the upper left: "The American People Want Ships ... Not Excuses". USN photo # NH 46710, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
O-1 101k O-1 (SS-62), at left being prepared for launching at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, 8 July 1918. She was launched on the following day. At right, also under construction in the wooden shiphouse, is S-3 (SS-107).
USN photo # NH 46709, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
4O-1 108k O-1 (SS-62) in drydock at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, on 5 September 1918. USN photo # NH 46712, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
O-1 110k O-1 (SS-62) in drydock at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, November 1918. Note the submarine's rudder, after diving planes and starboard propeller. The dry dock is being filled. USN photo # NH 46713, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
O-1 52k O-1 (SS-62) underway, probably in 1918. USN photo # NH 99962, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.
O-1 137k Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina. Seven O-boats in drydock, circa 1919. O-1 (SS-62) is in the foreground. O-3 (SS-64) is next astern, to left. O-10 (SS-71) is the most distant, in the right center. Outside the drydock (center background) are three destroyers, one of which is Terry (DD-25), and Asheville (PG-21), which is under construction. The drydock is being filled. USN photo # NH 42565, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
O-1 128k Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina. Seven O-boats in drydock, circa 1919. O-10 (SS-71) is in the foreground. The most distant "boats" are O-1 (SS-62) , and O-3 (SS-64). The drydock is in the process of being filled. USN photo # NH 42564, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
O-boats 423k One of the most interesting divisions of the battle fleet is that comprised of submarines. Here the O-6 (SS-67) and the O-1 (SS-62), two of the very latest types in our navy, are shown coming to anchor off Forty-seventh street. Photo by Paul Thompson.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from the The Sun. (New York, [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 20 April 1919, Section 5 Pictorial Review, Image 55, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
O-boats 579k U.S. submarines at Bermuda. Just returned from war zone.
From left to right, 2 unidentified O-boats, O-3 (SS-64), O-5 (SS-66) & O-7 (SS-68).
On 2 November 1918 O-boats 1 / 10 (SS-62 / 71) departed Newport with a 20-sub contingent bound for European waters, however, the Armistice was signed before the ships reached the Azores, and they returned to the United States.
Text i.d. courtesy of DANFS.
Photo by James W. Anderson, courtesy of Kristina Magill via Gary Priolo.
O-boats 1.04k Late type American submarine, Bermuda. One of the unknown 10 O-boats 1 / 10 (SS-62 / 71) . Photo by James W. Anderson, courtesy of Kristina Magill via Gary Priolo.
O-boats 659k A steel sea monster, amphibious and formidable, is Uncle Sam's newest submarine just home from war duty. The great fin rudders stabilize the boat under water and assist in speedy submerging. They fold up snugly against the sides when the "sub." is under way. Several of these new O-boats are making their initial New York appearance in the Naval Review. Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 27 April 1919, Image 47, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
O-1 76k In drydock at Portsmouth, N.H., 5 September 1918, O-1 (SS-62) displays the standard Holland (E.B.) stern, nearly symmetrical around the long axis of the hull, with identical rudders top & bottom, and with propellers set in line with the axis of the hull. Note the massive skeg among the top of the hull, aft. Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
O-boats 85k Submarine Division 8,Commander Guy E. Davis commanding. Nine of the Division's ten O-boats at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 16 August 1921. Panoramic photograph by Crosby, "Naval Photographer", 11 Portland Street, Boston. Submarines in the front row are (from left to right): O-3 (SS-64), O-6 (SS-67), O-9 (SS-70) and O-1 (SS-62). Those in the second row are (from left to right): O-7 (SS-68), unidentified (either O-2 or O-8), O-5 (SS-66), O-10 (SS-71) and O-4 (SS-65). Large four-stacked ship in the left center distance is the U.S. Army Transport Mount Vernon. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 103193.
O-boats 800k GERMAN MOTHER OF U.S, SUBS
The Saxonia, (now Savannah (AS-8))once considered the finest German passenger ship, is now a mother for United States submarines. Here she is off the coast at Provincetown, Mass., with some of her cubs.
Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo from the Bisbee Daily Review. (Bisbee, Ariz.) 1901-1971, 21 August 1921, SECOND SECTION, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
O-1 75k Broadside view of the O-1 (SS-62), at the New York Navy Yard, November 1922. USN photo # 19-N-8883, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
S- boats etc 561k S-10 (SS-115) & S-15 (SS-120) in the foreground.
Behind them from right to left: O-1 (SS-62), O-4 (SS-65), O-2 (SS-63) & O-3 (SS-64). What appears to be another conning tower is behind the O-3. If so, and being that all the O-boats are together numerically, it might be the O-5 (SS-66), which would date the photo no later than 28 October 1923 when the O-5 sank after being rammed while entering Lemon Bay, Canal Zone, 28 October 1923, by United Fruit steamer Abangarez.
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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.
Photo added 01/25/17.
O-1 57k O-1 (SS-62), taken 30 April 1927 at Portsmouth, NH Naval Shipyard. USN photo from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
O-1 84k Nine U.S. submarines arrive 23 February 1931 at the Phila. Naval Base to be decommissioned.
The only identifiable boat is the O-1 (SS-62). It is probable that the other boats are O-2 - 4 & 6 - 10.
Photo & text courtesy of A.P. Wire courtesy of philly.com.
S-10 67k These O type and S type submarines which were used during the World War have since been decommissioned and are now laid up in the Phila. Navy Yard. The peaceful surroundings are quite a contrast to those of their active war days. They are pictured here on 17 July 1936.
The S-10 (SS-115) was decommissioned on the day this photo was taken at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA. and laid up in the Reserve Fleet.
Pictured also are any of the following boats that were at the PNY during this time.
The O boats: O-1 (SS-62), O-2 (SS-63), O-3 (SS-64), O-6 (SS-67), O-7 (SS-68), O-8 (SS-69), O-9 (SS-70),O-10 (SS-71).
The S boats: S-6 (SS-111), S-7 (SS-112), S-8 (SS-113), S-9 (SS-114), S-11 (SS-116), S-12 (SS-117), S-13 (SS-118), S-14 (SS-119), S-15 (SS-120), S-16 (SS-121), S-17 (SS-122) & S-48 (SS-159).
Photo & text courtesy of A.P. Wire courtesy of philly.com.
Philadelphia Navy Yard 2.49k Philadelphia Navy Yard, 28 October 1940.
The photo presented panorama military shipyards in Philadelphia Navy Yard. Most of the ships are obsolete US destroyers, that were transfer to Great Britain under lend lease.
The submarines are on the left hand side of the photo, and they are: (in no particular order)
The O boats: O-1 (SS-62), O-2 (SS-63), O-3 (SS-64), O-6 (SS-67), O-7 (SS-68), O-8 (SS-69), O-9 (SS-70), O-10 (SS-71).
The R boats: R-1 (SS-78), R-2 (SS-79), R-3 (SS-80), R-5 (SS-82), R-6 (SS-83), R-7 (SS-84), R-8 (SS-85), R-9 (SS-86), R-10 (SS-87), R-12 (SS-89), R-15 (SS-92), R-16 (SS-93), R-17 (SS-94), R-18 (SS-95), R-19 (SS-96) & R-20 (SS-97).
The S boats: S-11 (SS-116), S-12 (SS-117), S-13 (SS-118), S-14 (SS-119), S-15 (SS-120), S-16 (SS-121), S-17 (SS-122) & S-48 (SS-159).
The Olympia (C-6) is shown at the right of the wharf on Broad Street.
The stadium in the upper left, was John F. Kennedy Stadium (formally Philadelphia Municipal Stadium) that stood from 1926 to 1992. It was erected for the 1926 Sesquicentennial.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Photo courtesy of flickr.com.
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