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R-22 (SS-99)


R-21 Class Submarine: Laid down, 19 April 1917, at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT.; Launched, 23 September 1918; Commissioned, USS R-22, 1 August 1919; Redesignated USS R-22 (SS-99), 17 July 1920; Decommissioned, 29 April 1925, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.; Laid up in the Reserve Fleet at League Island, PA.; Struck from the Naval Register, 9 May 1930; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in July 1930.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 510 t., Submerged: 583 t.; Length 175' ; Beam 16' 8"; Draft 13' 11"; Speed, surfaced 14 kts, submerged 11 kts; Depth Limit, 200'; Complement 2 Officers, 27 Enlisted; Armament, four 18" torpedo tubes forward, 8 torpedoes, one 3"/50 deck gun; Propulsion, diesel electric engines, Busch Sulzer Brothers Diesel Engine Co., diesel engines, HP 1,000, Fuel Capacity, 17,922 gals., Diehl Manufacture Co., electric motors, HP 800, Battery Cells 120, twin propellers.
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Lake's R boats 88k Lake's R-boats R-21-27 / (SS-98/104), were the last of his designs to be built in any numbers. He abandoned amidships diving planes in this class, but his characteristics stern remained. The horizontal tube aft is an access tube connecting the motor room to the tiller room aft. Drawing by Jim Christley, text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
 R 852k What will be the R-21 (SS-98) lies on slip 25 as hull #32 3 months after her keel has been laid at the Lake Torpedo Boat Company shipyard, Bridgeport, Connecticut on 19 April 1917. What could be the R-22 (SS-99) lies under construction on her left. Both were laid down on the same day. US National Archives photo # 19 lc cr 2488 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 863k Bow view of the R-21 (SS-98) on 1 April 1918.
The R-22 (SS-99) lies under construction on her left.
US National Archives photo # 19 lc cr 2491 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
O & R 995k Bow view of the O-11 (SS-72), R-21 (SS-98), R-22 (SS-99), R-24 (SS-101) & R-27 (SS-104) at the Lake Torpedo Boat Company shipyard, Bridgeport, Connecticut on 7 October 1918. US National Archives photo # 19 lc 1154 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
 R 986k R-21 (SS-98), R-22 (SS-99), R-23 (SS-100), R-24 (SS-101) & R-27 (SS-104) bow view on 2 January 1919. US National Archives photo # 19 lc cr 1239 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
R-22 47k Bow view of the R-22 (SS-99) underway off the Atlantic coast, 15 February 1919, 3 months after her launching and 8 months before her commissioning. US Navy photo # 19-N-14768, from the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
R-24 134k PDF entitled "How the Diesel engine came to America." Photo courtesy of subvetpaul.com.
R-22 64k Bow view of the R-22 (SS-99) at Lake Torpedo Boat Co., Bridgeport, CT. 2 April 1919. US Navy photo # 19-N-2511, from the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
R-21,22,23,27 & S-2 411k In port, pictured from left to right:
R-21 (SS-98)
R-23 (SS-100)
R-27 (SS-104)
S-2 (SS-106)
At Lake Torpedo Boat Co. Yard, Bridgeport CT., 2 April 1919.
US Navy photo # 19-N-2584, from the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
R-22 577k R-22 (SS-99) starboard view underway with the crew lining the deck, probably in the Thames river off New London, CT., in the early 1920's. US Navy photo # 19-N-10666, from the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham & Robert Hurst.
R-22 491k R-22 (SS-99) dockside showing her bow buoyancy conversion bow at the Navy Yard, Portsmouth New Hampshire, 29 July 1922.
The R-22 was the second R-boat constructed by the Lake Torpedo Boat company. During 1921, R-22 was transferred back to the Connecticut Submarine Base for duty with SubDiv0, an experimental division of submarines.
Text contributed by Ric Hedman/rddesigns.com. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
R-22 43k Simon Lake added this same bow to the R-22 (SS-99) over his concerns about reserve bouyancy. US Navy photo and text contributed by Ric Hedman/rddesigns.com.
R-22 431k Bow view of the R-22 (SS-99) at the Navy Yard, Portsmouth New Hampshire, 29 July 1922. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.

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