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R-19 (SS-96)


R-1 Class Submarine: Laid down, 23 June 1917, at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA..; Launched, 28 January 1918; Commissioned, USS R-19, 7 October 1918; Redesignated USS R-19 (SS-96), 17 July 1920; Decommissioned, 15 May 1931, at Philadelphia, PA.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, League Island; Recommissioned, 6 January 1941; Decommissioned, transferred to the United Kingdom, under terms of the Lend-Lease Program, and commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS P-514, 9 March 1942; Final Disposition, sunk resulting from a collision with HMS Georgian, with all hands, in the western Atlantic, 21 June 1942; Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown).

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-19 787k Launching of R-19 (SS-96) at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. Lt'd. Union Plant, San Francisco, Calif. on 28 January 1918. US Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
R-19 516k The R-19 (SS-96) is seen at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. Lt'd. Union Plant, San Francisco, Calif. in Oct 1918. US Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
SS 92-9787k Beaver (AS-5) at anchor off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, with six submarines alongside, circa late 1918.
R-17 (SS-94),
R-20 (SS-97),
R-15 (SS-92),
R-16 (SS-93),
R-18 (SS-95) &
R-19 (SS-96).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 56366.
R-15, 16 & 1917kR-15 (SS-92),
R-16 (SS-93) &
R-19 (SS-96) in Hawaii, circa 1918.
Courtesy of Mike Baust.
R-19 64k R-boats (SS-78/104) were in effect, costal equivalents to the S-boats. R-19 (SS-96) is shown here with her telescoping radio mast raised. Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
R-19 210k R-19 (SS-96) underway, date and place unknown. US Navy photo courtesy of Hyperwar US Navy in WWII.
R-boats 117k Circa early 1920's at Pearl Harbor. What looks to be the R-15 (SS-92) on the left, R-12 (SS-89) in the middle and R-19 (SS-96). The mast of what might be the former cruiser Chicago, now a barracks ship under the classification IX-5, lies to the right of the R-19. US Navy photo, courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Unknown Photos3.08kR & S boats at the sub base, Pearl Harbor, November 1925. The barracks ship, ex-Chicago (CL-14) is at the right of the photo. Photo from the private collection of Ric Hedman.
Photo added 01/03/14.
Sub Base Pearl Harbor152kThe 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.
US Navy photo by Tai Sing Loo, courtesy of E. Little.
R-19 1.70k R-19 (SS-96) at the Pearl Harbor Submarine Base, Hawaii Territory, during the 1920s or early 1930s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 41518.
R-19 297k R-19 (SS-96) at the Pearl Harbor Submarine Base, Hawaii Territory, during the 1920s or early 1930s. Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Philadelphia Navy Yard 2.49k Philadelphia Navy Yard, 28 October 1940.
The photo presented panorama military shipyards in Philadelphia Navy Yard. Most of the ships are obsolete US destroyers, that were transfer to Great Britain under lend lease.
The submarines are on the left hand side of the photo, and they are: (in no particular order)
The O boats:O-1 (SS-62), O-2 (SS-63), O-3 (SS-64), O-6 (SS-67), O-7 (SS-68), O-8 (SS-69), O-9 (SS-70), O-10 (SS-71).
The R boats: R-1 (SS-78), R-2 (SS-79), R-3 (SS-80), 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-12 (SS-89), R-15 (SS-92), R-16 (SS-93), R-17 (SS-94), R-18 (SS-95), R-19 (SS-96) & R-20 (SS-97).
The S boats: S-11 (SS-116), S-12 (SS-117), S-13 (SS-118), S-14 (SS-119), S-15 (SS-120), S-16 (SS-121), S-17 (SS-122) & S-48 (SS-159).
The Olympia (C-6) is shown at the right of the wharf on Broad Street.
The stadium in the upper left, was John F. Kennedy Stadium (formally Philadelphia Municipal Stadium)that stood from 1926 to 1992. It was erected for the 1926 Sesquicentennial.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Photo courtesy of flickr.com.
Lower resolution photo. (548k)
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 philly.com.
HMS P 514
R-19 84k R-19 (SS-96) now as the HMS P-514. Note the silhouette of the gun by comparison with the British 3" or 4" piece. Photo and text from "Royal Navy Submarines: 1901 to the Present Day" by Maurice Cocker & submitted by Robert Hurst.
R-19 343k A picture of the monument to Lt W. A. Phillimore, RN and the crew of HMS P-514 killed on 9 March 1942. Photo taken by Motacilla (real name unknown) at the C. of E. parish church of St. Mary the Virgin, Swinbrook, Oxfordshire, England, 26 July 2012.
Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
R-19 45k Commemorative photo in honor of the memory of the crew of the HMS P-514.Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen. Dante's Prayer courtesy of Loreena McKennitt via quinlanroad.com.
R-19 197k Google Earth satellite photo of the HMS P-514 last approximate position based during post-war debriefings after she was rammed and sunk by the HMS Georgian (J-144), a Bangor class minesweeper. This position is thought to be the final resting place of the HMS P-514 and her crew. View courtesy of Google Earth. Inset photo courtesy of uboat.net.
R-19 25k Commemorative first day issue & photo inset of the R-19 (SS-96) as the HMS P-514, 6 May, 1974.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.

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