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O-16 (SS-77)

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Sierra - Mike

O-11 Class Submarine: Laid down, 7 October 1916, at California Shipbuilding Co., Long Beach, CA.; Completed at Mare Island Navy Yard; Launched, 9 February 1918; Commissioned, USS O-16, 1 August 1918; Designated (SS-77), 17 July 1920; Decommissioned, 21 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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67k O-16's (SS-77) Sponsor was Mrs. Irving Hall Mayfield (Juliet Borden), wife of Lieutenant Commander I. H. Mayfield, U. S. Navy, Inspector of Machinery for the Navy at at California Shipbuilding Co., where the O-16 was built.
He was also Intelligence Officer at Pearl Harbor and Logistics Aide to Admiral Kimmel prior to the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941.
Photo courtesy of findagrave.com.
O-16208k O-16 (SS-77) is shown off Mare Island on 3 September 1918. O-16 was launched at California Ship Building Company in Long Beach and she along with O-14 (SS-75) were towed to Mare Island by the tug Tillamook for completion.USN photo # 19-N-1377, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
O-16260k O-16 (SS-77) is shown off Mare Island on 3 September 1918. O-16 was launched at California Ship Building Company in Long Beach and she along with O-14 (SS-75) were towed to Mare Island by the tug Tillamook for completion. USN photo # RM-7-P4349, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
O-16417k The radio equipment aboard O-16 (SS-77) is shown on 3 September 1918 at Mare Island.USN photo # RM-7-P4348, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
O-1690k Port side view of the O-16 (SS-77) with crew lining the rails, 1918.USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
O-1684k O-16 (SS-77) & the sub tender Bushnell AS-2 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 26 January 1922.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Coco Solo1.66kUS Sub Base, Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone: 26 September 1922.
France Field is in the background.
One of the Henry Ford built Eagle class patrol boats is in the lower left corner of the basin.
Identifiable submarines are not clear enough for positive IDís, but all the 6 Lake Torpedo Boat Co. O-class boats: O-11 (SS-72), O-12 (SS-73), O-13 (SS-74), O-14 (SS-75), O-15 (SS-76) & O-16 (SS-77) were assigned there for the bulk of their active service before being scrapped in 1930.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman & David Johnston.
Record Group 18: Records of the Army Air Forces, ca. 1902 - 1964
Series: "Airscapes" of American and Foreign Areas, 1917 - 1964
File Unit: Panama Canal Zone - Coco Solo
Local Identifier: 18-AA-108-33
National Archives Identifier: 68147899
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
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.
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).
USN photo submitted by Charles Worcester.
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 David Johnston
Photo courtesy Tommy Trampp.
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674kPhiladelphia in the late 1920ís.
From left to right: Two K-class: (No definite i.d. which ones of the following 8 ): K-1 (SS-32), K-2 (SS-33), K-3 (SS-34), K-4 (SS-35), K-5 (SS-36), K-6 (SS-37), K-7 (SS-38), K-8 (SS-39).
Four EB design L-class (No definite i.d. which ones of the following 4 ): L-2 (SS-41), L-3 (SS-42), L-9 (SS-49) & L-11 (SS-51).
Two Lake design O-class (No definite i.d. which ones of the first 4): O-11 (SS-72), O-13 (SS-74), O-14 (SS-75), O-15 (SS-76 ), with the last boat being O-16 (SS-77) on far right.
All boats are in various states of disrepair, and all would be disposed of by scrapping by the summer of 1930 in accordance with the London Naval Treaty.
Photo courtesy of David Wright.
Text i.d. via David Johnston.

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