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O-13 (SS-74)

O-11 Class Submarine: Laid down, 6 March 1916, at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT.; Launched, 27 December 1917; Commissioned, USS O-13, 27 November 1918, at New York; Designated (SS-74), 17 July 1920; Decommissioned, 11 June 1924, at Philadelphia, PA.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia; 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-13 181k Starboard view of the O-13 (SS-74) in 1918 with crew in dress whites lined up on deck, probably a Tiger Cruise or something like it. Sub School? There are close to 60 men on deck, way above crew size.
Prior to her commissioning, O-13 rammed and sank Mary Alice, a section patrol boat accompanying the recently completed submarine during her submerged trials in Long Island Sound, 5 October 1918. O-13 struck and holed the patrol ship amidships; although Mary Alice sank with minutes, O-13 rescued her crew.
It is highly unlikely that the sailors on board the deck of O-13 in this photo are from the Mary Alice, but it gives you an idea of how 60 plus men fit on her small deck.
Text courtesy of DANFS & Ric Hedman. USN photo courtesy of
O-13 & 14 235k O-13 (SS-74) & O-14 (SS-75) in Panama Canal, either 1920 when they arrived in CZ, or 1923 on their way back to the Atlantic. Photo courtesy of CDR John Joseph Hughes' collection via David Wright.
Photo added 01/21/18.
SS 73 421k Three O boats docked from left to right in the 1920's. O-15 (SS-76) might be on the left, the middle boat is O-13 (SS-74), & O-16 (SS-77) Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR)
Photo courtesy Tommy Trampp.
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.
USN photo # 80-G-1024950, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
Charles B. Momsen 60k Charles B. Momsen, USN. Following submarine training at the Naval Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut, he reported in January 1922 as Executive Officer of the submarine O-13 (SS-74), based at Coco Solo in the Panama Canal Zone.
He appears here as a Lieutenant Commander in a Photograph taken 1 September 1934.
Text courtesy of
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph NH 47733, Collection of Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, 1967.
O-11 through O-16 81k O boats possibly in Phila. PA circa 1924:
From inboard to outboard: unidentified O boat, [probably O-13 (SS-74) or O-15 (SS-76)] O-11 (SS-72), O-12 (SS-73), O-16 (SS-77) & O-14 (SS-75).
USN photo submitted by Charles Worcester.

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