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R-11 (SS-88)

Radio Call Sign: November - India - Lima - Quebec

R-1 Class Submarine: Laid down, 18 March 1918, at Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA.; Launched, 21 July 1919; Commissioned, USS R-11, 5 September 1919; Redesignated USS R-11 (SS-88), 17 July 1920; Decommissioned, 5 September 1945; Struck from the Naval Register, 11 October 1945; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 March 1946, to Macey O. Smith, Miami, FL.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 569 t., Submerged: 680 t.; Length 186' 2" ; Beam 18'; Draft 14' 6"; Speed, Surfaced 13.5 kts, Submerged 10.5 kts; Depth Limit, 200'; Complement 2 Officers, 27 Enlisted; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes forward, 8 torpedoes, one 3"/50 deck gun; Propulsion, diesel electric engines, New England Ship and Engine Co., diesel engines, 1200hp, Fuel Capacity, 18,880 gals., Electro Dynamic Co., electric motors, twin propellers.
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R-11 791k U.S. Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 26 October 1920. Submarines R-11 (SS-88) & R-12 (SS-89) in dry dock, looking south west. Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, &
On Eternal Patrol.
R-11 66k R-11 (SS-88) underway, circa 1921, in the Hawaiian Islands. Courtesy of Mike Baust.
R-boats 412k Subs R U.S.
From right to left:
R-16 (SS-93),
R-18 (SS-95),
R-19 (SS-96),
R-12 (SS-89),
R-13 (SS-90),
R-11 (SS-88),
R-17 (SS-94),
R-20 (SS-97),
R-14 (SS-91) &
R-15 (SS-92)
Photo courtesy of David Wright.
Sub Base Pearl Harbor292kThe crews of Submarine Divisions 9 & 14 line the decks of their boats (20 in all) at the Submarine base at Pearl Harbor on 12 December 1930.
R-1 (SS-78),
R-2 (SS-79),
R-3 (SS-80),
R-4 (SS-81),
R-5 (SS-82),
R-6 (SS-83),
R-7 (SS-84),
R-8 (SS-85),
R-9 (SS-86),
R-10 (SS-87),
R-11 (SS-88),
R-12 (SS-89),
R-13 (SS-90),
R-14 (SS-91),
R-15 (SS-92),
R-16 (SS-93),
R-17 (SS-94),
R-18 (SS-95),
R-19 (SS-96) &
R-20 (SS-97).
All the R-boats were to leave the base where they had been serving for upwards of 8 years and transfer to the East coast to be decommissioned over the next 3 years.
The only identifiable boat is the R-16.
USN photo by Tai Sing Loo, courtesy of E. Little.
SS 127 383k Submarines at New York City, circa the 1930s: These "boats" are, from left-to-right:
R-11 (SS-88),
R-13 (SS-90),
R-4 (SS-81) and
S-22 (SS-127).
Text courtesy of # NH 68898.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
R-11 108k R-11 (SS-88) arriving at the Battery, in New York City, for the World's Fair, 29 April 1939. USN photo # NH 66365, photographed by Ted Stone. Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection via US Naval History and Heritage Command.
R-11 141k R-11 (SS-88) arriving at the Battery, in New York City, for the World's Fair, 29 April 1939. The mercantile tug Dalzellico is immediately behind the boat. USN photo & text courtesy of Warship Int. Edition # 3, 1986 courtesy of Robert Hurst.
R-11 387k R-11 (SS-88) arriving at Portsmouth Navy Yard in Portsmouth New Hampshire in 1939. Source: LIFE Magazine Archives - Carl Mydans Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest via Mike Green.
Tautog 642k 4 photo PDF showing the crew of the Tautog (SS-199) moored at the New London submarine base on the occasion of the visit of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to view the defenses in New England on 12 August 1940. The motorcade is approaching the submarine's berth. The Potomac (AG-25) is anchored just off shore.
What looks to be the R-11 (SS-88) is immediately behind the Tautog
Source: Life Magazine Archives. Thomas Macvoy photographer, shared by Peter DeForest via Mike Green.
PDF added 06/07/18.
Navy Yard 91k These World War submarines, [R-boats] tied up in the Navy Yard in Philadelphia for a dozen years, are being reconditioned and some are already in active service again, it was announced 10 January 1941. This picture shows them as they appeared before the repair program began. Photo & text courtesy of A.P. Wire courtesy of
Pompano 401k This air view of Portsmouth Navy Yard taken just after the end of WW II shows the main shipbuilding shed which enabled construction to continue unimpeded by the Maine winters. The shed was widened to add two ways in 1941, and a fifth was squeezed in a year later. Drydocks No. 1 (left) & 2 (far right) contain six fleet submarines, while three R-boats are moored in the foreground.
The Pompano (SS-491) would have been under construction in the first ways on the left hand corner of the main shipbuilding shed.
Photo and partial text from The Fleet Submarine in the U.S. Navy: A Design and Construction History, by John D. Alden.

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