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O-11 (SS-72)


O-11 Class Submarine: Laid down, 6 March 1916, at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT.; Launched, 29 October 1917; Commissioned, USS O-11, 19 October 1918, at New York; Designated (SS-72), 17 July 1920; Decommissioned, 21 June 1924, at Philadelphia, PA.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; Struck from the Naval Register, 9 May 1930; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 July 1930

Specifications: Displacement, surfaced: 491 t., submerged: 566 t.; Length 175'; Beam 16' 7"; Draft 13' 11"; Speed, surfaced 14 kts, submerged 11 kts; Operational Depth Limit 200 ft; Complement 2 Officers 27 Enlisted; Armament, four 18" torpedo tubes, eight torpedoes, one 3"/23 deck gun; Propulsion, diesel-electric, Busch Sulzer Brothers Diesel Engine Co., diesels, 1,000 hp, Fuel Capacity, 18,588 gal.; Diehl Manufacture Co. electric motors, 800 hp, Battery Cells 120, single propeller.
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O-11 208k Bottle & presentation case from the launch of the O-11 (SS-72) , 29 October 1917.
Photo courtesy of George K. Chastain, Executive Director of The Belle W. Baruch Foundation.
O-11 293k Inscription of the presentation case from the launch of the O-11 (SS-72) , 29 October 1917.
Photo courtesy of George K. Chastain, Executive Director of The Belle W. Baruch Foundation.
O-11 154k The letter from the Secretary of the Navy, Joesephus Daniels to Mrs. Baruch on the occasion of the christening of the O-11 (SS-72), 1 November 1917. Photo courtesy of George K. Chastain, Executive Director of The Belle W. Baruch Foundation.
Pargo 86k Sponsor photos of the O-11 (SS-72) are hard to come by (perhaps non-existent). The O-11 was launched by Mrs. Annie Griffen Baruch. Her daughter Miss Belle W. Baruch sponsored the launching of the Pargo (SS-264) 25 years later.
The sponsor's party appear from left to right:
Mrs. L. Y. Spear, R. (Rene) Samstag, Financier Bernard Mannes Baruch & Miss Belle W. Baruch, on 24 January 1943 at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.
Electric Boat photo courtesy of George K. Chastain, Executive Director of The Belle W. Baruch Foundation.
O-11 113k O-11 (SS-72) fitting out at the Lake Torpedo Boat Company shipyard, Bridgeport, Connecticut on 8 July 1918. Note the Lake T.B. Co. logo in the lower right. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph # NH 44549 submitted by Robert Hurst.
O & R 995k Bow view of the O-11 (SS-72), R-21 (SS-98), R-22 (SS-99), R-24 (SS-101) & R-27 (SS-104) at the Lake Torpedo Boat Company shipyard, Bridgeport, Connecticut on 7 October 1918. US National Archives photo # 19 lc 1154 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Photo added 10/24/12.
O-11 60k O-11 (SS-72), at anchor, circa 1918-24. US Navy photo courtesy of Ric Hedman / rddesign@rddesigns.com.
O-11 through O-16 238k From inboard to outboard: O-11 (SS-72), O-13 (SS-74), O-14 (SS-75), O-15 (SS-76), O-16 (SS-77), and O-12 (SS-73), at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard, circa 1918-24. US Navy photo # 80-G-1024950, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
O-11 through O-16 81k O boats possibly in Phila. PA circa 1924:
From inboard to outboard: unidentified O boat, O-11 (SS-72), O-12 (SS-73), O-16 (SS-77) & O-14 (SS-75).
US Navy photo submitted by Charles Worcester.
Murphy 118k Vice Admiral Vincent Raphael Murphy was the commanding officer of the submarine O-11 (SS-72) from 1929 to 1932. He also served aboard the submarines S-37 (SS-142) from 1924 to 1927; S-11 (SS-116) from 1929 to 1932 and the Texas (BB-35) from 1935 to 1937. The picture was taken when he was the commanding officer of the battleship Alabama (BB-60) in 1944. Photo from the War Diary Alabama (BB-60) 1942 - 1944 courtesy of Bill Gonyo.

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