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|425k||Launching of the O-7 (SS-69), 16 December 1917.
Note the boat's mushroom anchor can be clearly seen retracted into the hull in a break in the bilge keel, behind the torpedo tube bow cap and directly under the bow planes. This is a feature not normally seen with the boat in the water. These boats all had a standard fluke-type anchor housed in the superstructure on the starboard bow and this anchor was the one normally used for mooring out. The mushroom anchor could be used for this purpose, but its primary use was to allow the boat to "hover" while submerged. The boat would come to a complete stop, drop the mushroom anchor and then adjust ballast to achieve a slight positive buoyancy, drawing the anchor chain tight. It would then adjust its depth by paying out or heaving in on the anchor chain. This could be a very useful tactic when sitting off an enemy's harbor waiting for ships to come out.
|Text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR)National Archives Identifier: 45547174|
Local Identifier: 165-WW-499A-21.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Photo added 12/04/17.
|122k||Starboard side view of the O-7 (SS-68) underway, probably during her trials in 1918. Note the triangular marking on her fairwater.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Text info courtesy of USNHC photo # NH 44552.
|74k||O-7 (SS-68) alongside Savannah (AS-8) with other submarines, circa Autumn 1918. The view looks aft from O-7's foredeck. Note the pattern camouflage painted on Savannah's side.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 103434. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.|
|85k||Alongside Savannah (AS-8) at Cape May, New Jersey, circa Autumn 1918. O-7 (SS-68) is partially visible in the left foreground. Note the pattern camouflage painted on Savannah's side.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 103435. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.|
|62k||Alongside Savannah (AS-8), circa Autumn 1918. The photograph was taken from on board another O-class submarine. O-7 (SS-68) is in the right center, directly alongside Savannah.Note the pattern camouflage painted on Savannah's side.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 103436. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.|
|>||57k||O-boats at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, circa Christmas 1918. Note holiday greenery displayed on the submarines' superstructures and masts. O-10 (SS-71) is partially visible at the extreme left. O-7 (SS-68) is in the middle of this nest of five submarines. Hartford, the Navy Yard's station ship, is in the background.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 103437. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.|
|746||O-boats of Submarine Division Eight at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, circa Christmas 1918. Note holiday greenery displayed on the submarines' superstructures. The three outboard submarines are (from left to right): O-6 (SS-67); O-3 (SS-64); and O-7 (SS-68). The two-stack ship in the left center distance is probably Dubuque (PG-17). Copied from the collection of David J. Lohr, by courtesy of Radioman 1st Class Pamela J. Boyer, USN, 1986.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 101013.|
|81k||Controls and air gauges in the O-7's (SS-68) operating compartment, circa 1918-1919.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 103431. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.|
|73k||Electrical switchboard on board the O-7 (SS-68), circa 1918-1919. Note that this photograph appears to be either a double-exposure or a somewhat blurred time exposure.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 103433. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.|
|67k||Rear view of O-7's (SS-68) 3"/23 retractable deck gun in the raised position, circa 1918-1919. Note the gun's vertical block breech mechanism, round hatch shield, and ready-service ammunition attached to the base of the gun mount.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 103438. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.|
|92k||Crew members posed on O-7's (SS-68) after deck, circa 1918-1919.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 103440. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.|
|49k||Chief Petty Officer standing by the O-7's (SS-68) fairwater, circa 1918-1919.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 103442. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.|
|61k||Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Clautier armed for guard duty on O-7's (SS-68) deck, circa 1918-1919. Note his blue jumper uniform, "flat" hat, holstered M1911 (.45 caliber) pistol, and gunner's mate and torpedo markings on his right sleeve.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 103449. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.|
|61k||Sailor "Swede" Hansen washing clothing in a galvanized pail on O-7's (SS-68) deck, circa 1918-1919.||US Naval Historical Center photo # NH 103446. Collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|464k||U. S. Submarine O-7 (SS-68) Aground)
The submarine O-7 aground on a sandbar 50 yards off Wilson Point, Fishers Island, N.Y. The crew of 26 were taken off by naval...
|Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.|
Photo from the The Lehi Sun (Lehi, Utah) 1913-1949, 24 March 1921, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|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.|
|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.
|387k||US Submarine base at Coco Solo, Panama 1923.|
The R-26 (SS-103) is in the background with the white tarp over her fore deck.
The Submarine Chaser in the background is SC 285.
The O-3 (SS-64) & O-7 (SS-68) are in front of the R-26. The O-9 (SS-70) is next closest to the camera. The two boats in the foreground are the O-5 (SS-66) and a mystery "O" boat.
The O-5 reported to Coco Solo in January of 1923 and she sank 18 October 1923 with the loss of 2 lives.
|Text courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Photo from the private collection of Ric Hedman.
|1.72k||Control Force Employment Schedule, 4 January to 1 March 1926. US Fleet Problem Number VI.||Photo courtesy of Steve Ireland.|
|109k||O-7 (SS-68) with a partial view of O-6 (SS-67), October 1928. Photo is probably taken when at New London, CT, after she reverted to 1st line sub.||USN photo. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.|
|966k||O-7 (SS-68) back dropped by the Constitution in Boston harbor, possibly on Navy Day.||Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.|
|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.|
|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 (of blessed memory).
Photo courtesy of flickr.com.
Lower resolution photo. (548k)
|189k||A scene from the 1943 movie Crash Dive, showing an unidentified O-class submarine backing out of a berth at the Naval Submarine Base New London, CT in the late summer of 1942. The boat can not be positively identified, but is one of group of eight O-class submarines that were brought out of mothballs to train submarine crews. This particular boat is either O-2 (SS-63),O-3 (SS-64), O-4 (SS-65), O-7 (SS-68), O-8 (SS-69), or O-10 (SS-71). The submarine in the foreground is the Marlin (SS-205).||Photo & text courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR)|
|21k||Commemorative postal cover honoring Submarine Division 13, the O-7 (SS-68) & Marlin (SS-205), 27 October 1943.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|742k||O-7 (SS-68) possibly on October 1944 in the Atlantic, south of Fishers Island.||Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Photo 80-G-281825 courtesy of NARA via Rob Hanshew and Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
|110k||O-7 (SS-68) is shown on October 1944 in the Atlantic, south of Fishers Island.||Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.|
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