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|132k||Just after launching, the O-9 (SS-70) finds her weight at Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA., 27 January 1918. Note the ice floes in the Fore River.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|145k||O-9 (SS-70) alongside pier after launching at Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA., 27 January 1918.||USN photo courtesy of kleinsonar.com.|
|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.
|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.
PDF added 05/24/13.
|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 Oct 1923 with the loss of 2 lives.
|Text courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Photo from the private collection of Ric Hedman.
|202k||Broadside view of the O-9 (SS-70) next to a clump of palm trees, probably off Coco Solo, C.Z. in 1924, the boat was reclassified to a 2nd line sub during her year there.||US Navy photo courtesy of CTM Russel Rau, former COB of SS-238 Wahoo, submitted by Bill Rau & Paul Crozier. Text courtesy of DANFS.|
|58k||Jason (AC-12) at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, circa 1924.
Several submarines are in the foreground, including (from left to right):|
R-26 (SS-103) -- probably--; and
|Courtesy of Chief Boatswain's Mate George Behrens, USN (Retired), 1974. U.S. Navy photo NH 102780, courtesy of USNHC.|
|21k||O-9 (SS-70) at dock in Panama, Coco Solo, C.Z. in 1924, the boat was reclassified to a 2nd line sub during her year there.||Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia SS 245.|
|68k||Six O-boats nested alongside a pier, in the Central American or Caribbean area, circa 1923-1924. O-6 (SS-67), and O-9 (SS-70) are the two outboard submarines.
Quail (AM-15) is also alongside the pier, in the right background.
||U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 93672. Courtesy of the Estate of Virginia Cornwell, 1982.|
|491k||O-10 (SS-71) outboard of O-9 (SS-70), May 1930.||Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.|
|957k||O-10 (SS-71) outboard of O-9 (SS-70), May 1930.||Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.|
|774k||Crew of O-9 (SS-70) listening to ballgame on Conning Tower, May 1930.||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.|
|13k||O-9 (SS-70) underway. Date and location unknown.||Courtesy of MMCM (SS) Greg Peterman USN Retired.|
|32k||Howard Joseph Abbott, Lieutenant (Commanding Officer) of the O-9 (SS-70) at the time of her loss.||USN photo courtesy of oneternalpatrol.com.|
|51k||Area map of the Isles of Shoals, where the O-9 (SS-70) lays buried in the depths at 420 feet.||Photo courtesy of seacoastnh.com.|
|78k||The above 500 kHz image clearly shows the O-9 (SS-70). Bow is to the right, stern is to the left. It appears that the hull was crushed just behind the center conning tower. The dark contact to the left and behind the conning tower is a large fishing net that was snagged on the submarine. The line of depressions dropping off in front of the submarine were most likely formed by trawler doors skipping across the bottom.||Text courtesy of kleinsonar.com. Photo courtesy of oceanexplorer.noaa.gov.|
|75k||The image of the O-9 (SS-70) below was inverted and slightly colored to enhance detail.||Courtesy of kleinsonar.com.|
|63k||23 June 1941 newspaper article detailing the loss of the O-9 (SS-70).||Photo courtesy of Author's collection.|
|89k||23 June 1941 newspaper article detailing the loss of the O-9 (SS-70).||Photo courtesy of Author's collection.|
|101k||Memorial plague photo of the crew of the O-9 (SS-70).||Courtesy of ussalbacore.org via Bill Gonyo.|
|32k||Commemorative photo in honor of the memory of the O-9's (SS-70) crew.||Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen. Dante's Prayer courtesy of Loreena McKennitt via quinlanroad.com.|
|91k||Memorial plaque at Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia PA, July 2006 for the crews of United States submarines lost during peace time accidents:|
F-1 (SS-20), F-4 (SS-23), G-2 (SS-27), H-1 (SS-28), O-5 (SS-66), O-9 (SS-70), S-4 (SS-109), S-51 (SS-162), Squalus (SS-192), Scorpion (SSN-589) & Thresher (SSN-593).
|Photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.|
|50k|| Below is a rendering of the O-9 (SS-70) to help interpret the above sonar images.
In the Second Book of Shmuel (Samuel), 22nd chapter, 5th through the 20th verses, translated from the original in Hebrew and published by the Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel, 1982, can perhaps aptly describe the fate of the crew and all other U.S. submariners who died defending their county:
"When the waves of death compassed me / the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; / the bonds of She'ol encircled me; / the snares of death took me by surprise; / in my distress I called upon the Lord, / and cried to my G-D: / and he heard my voice out of his temple, / and my cry entered into his ears. / Then the earth shook and trembled; /the foundations of heaven moved / and shook because of his anger /...the heavy mass of waters, and thick clouds of the skies /... And the channels of the sea appeared, / the foundations of the world were laid bare, / at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast at the breath of his nostrils. / He sent from above, he took me; / he drew me out of many waters; / he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. / They surprised me in the day of my calamity: / but the Lord was my stay / He brought me forth also into a large place: / he delivered me because he delighted in me./"
|Courtesy of kleinsonar.com.|
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