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O-15 (SS-76)


O-11 Class Submarine: Laid down, 21 September 1916, at California Shipbuilding Co., Long Beach, CA.; Launched, 12 February 1918; Completed at Mare Island Navy Yard; Commissioned, USS O-15, 27 August 1918; Designated (SS-76), 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.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

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-15248k The unfinished O-15 (SS-76), is shown at California Ship Building Compand in Long Beach on 30 March 1918. She was towed to Mare Island by the tug Unalga for completion.
US Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
O-1572k O-15 (SS-76) in 1918, probably on patrol off the Atlantic coast.US Navy photo.
O-279k0-2 (SS-63) & O-15 (SS-76), alongside Rainbow (AS-7), circa 1919. An 18-inch torpedo is being lowered down O-15's forward hatch. Note the retracted 3"/23 gun just forward of 0-2's fairwater, and the "SC-Tube" hydrophone on O-15's foredeck. U.S. Navy photo NH 44545, courtesy of USNHC.
O-15157k Crew on deck of the O-15 (SS-76) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 28 June 1919, "Peace Day". It looks like the boats is heading out for operations. The men forward of the Conn look to be closing the torpedo loading hatch and the men forward of them seem to be placing mooring lines in a deck locker. On the bow S1C George V. Peterson, (a cook stiker) appears to be coiling a heavie." US Navy photo # 19-N-15422, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
Text info courtesy of Ric Hedman.
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, [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).
US Navy photo submitted by Charles Worcester.
R-24 134k PDF entitled "How the Diesel engine came to America." Photo courtesy of subvetpaul.com.

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