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S-6 (SS-111)


S-4 Class Submarine (Government-type): Laid down, 29 January 1918, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H.; Launched, 23 December 1919; Commissioned, USS S-6, 17 May 1920; Re-designated USS S-6 (SS-111), 17 July 1920; Decommissioned, 10 April 1931, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.; Laid up in the Reserve Fleet; Struck from the Naval Register, 25 January 1937; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, date unknown.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 876 t., Submerged: 1092 t..; Length 231' ; Beam 21' 10"; Draft 13' 1"; Speed, surfaced 15 kts, submerged 11 kts; Depth Limit 200'; Complement 4 Officers, 34 Enlisted; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes, 12 torpedoes, one 4"/50 deck gun; Propulsion, diesel electric engines, New London Ship and Engine Co. diesel engines, 2,000 hp, Fuel Capacity, 36,950 gal.; Westinghouse Electric Co., electric motors, 1,200 hp, Battery Cells, 120, twin propellers.
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S-6 109k Keel-laying party for the S-6 (SS-111) at the the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, 29 January 1918. Note riveting hammers held by the three officers (one a Marine), rivet tongs held by the man at left, and Navy bugler at right. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 46545.
S-6 & U-111 296k S-6 (SS-111) (left) with captured German U-111 in center of the photo. The photo is indistinct but it appears that the US sub on the far left of the photo is the S-3 (SS-107), one of the two subs the U-111 toured the east coast with on a bond drive to raise money for off setting war debts. The retractable radio antenna's can be seen on the starboard side of the U-111. Photo courtesy of Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.". via PigBoats.COM TM A Historic Look at Submarines
Text courtesy of Ric Hedman.
S-6 82k Huntington (CA-5) alongside "Flat-Iron Pier" at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, circa 1920. The ship on her other side is Rappahannock (AF-6). Several submarines are in the photo's center, among them S-6 (SS-111). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 78187. Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC), 1973.
S-6 77k S-6 (SS-111) and S-9 (SS-114) at the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands, circa 1921-1924. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 103258. Collection of Chief Engineman Virgil Breland, USN. Donated by Mrs. E.H. Breland, 1979.
S-6 & 7 212k Four leg horse power meets the battery driven kind in this circa 1921 photo of the S-6 (SS-111) & S-7 (SS-112) in China. Photo courtesy of Charles J. Townsend via his son, Jim Townsend.
S-6 82k S-6 (SS-111) off the Cavite Navy Yard, circa 1922-1924. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 103251. Collection of Lieutenant Commander Waldo B. McLeod, USN.
S-6 323k S-6 (SS-111) passing close a shore during the mid 1920's. Photo courtesy of Charles J. Townsend via his son, Jim Townsend.
S-6 192k Busy port scene awaits the S-6 (SS-111) during the mid 1920's. Photo courtesy of Charles J. Townsend via his son, Jim Townsend.
S-6 390k S-6 (SS-111) crew on the wharf with the submarine in the left background during the mid 1920's. Photo courtesy of Charles J. Townsend via his son, Jim Townsend.
S-6 256k S-6 (SS-111) & the Borie (DD-215) during the mid 1920's. Photo courtesy of Charles J. Townsend via his son, Jim Townsend.
S-6 231k Charles J. Townsend of the S-6 (SS-111) sits near the conning tower after being rammed by a destroyer, possibly the Borie (DD-215). Photo courtesy of Charles J. Townsend via his son, Jim Townsend.
S-6 65k Crewmen on an S-boat looking at S-6 (SS-111), which is alongside with what appears to be damage to her upper-works. Probably photographed in the Far East, circa 1921-1924. Note the watertight breech of the foreground submarine's 4"/50 deck gun, at right. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 103257. Collection of Chief Engineman Virgil Breland, USN. Donated by Mrs. E.H. Breland, 1979.
S-6 174k S-6 (SS-111) showing the damage to her conning tower after receiving an additional 1,215 tons of ballast compliments of the US Navy during the mid 1920's. Photo courtesy of Charles J. Townsend via his son, Jim Townsend.
S-6 210k S-6 (SS-111) showing the damage to her conning tower. The S-8 (SS-113) is behind her. Photo courtesy of Charles J. Townsend via his son, Jim Townsend.
S-6 84k Mare Island dry dock meets the S-6 (SS-111) during the mid 1920's. Photo courtesy of Charles J. Townsend via his son, Jim Townsend.
S-6 197k Deck gun on the S-6 (SS-111) during the mid 1920's. Photo courtesy of Charles J. Townsend via his son, Jim Townsend.
S-6,7,& 8 223k Stern view of the S-7 (SS-112) with the S-6 (SS-111) & S-8 (SS-113) docked ahead somewhere on the Pacific coast during the mid 1920's. Photo courtesy of Charles J. Townsend via his son, Jim Townsend.
SS 109103kThe Submarine Tender Holland (AS-3) in port, with several S-boats type submarines alongside, circa 1926. Note the Submarine Division Eleven insignia on the fairwaters of the two inboard subs. Submarines present are (from inboard to outboard): unidentified;
S-25 (SS-130):
S-7 (SS-112):
S-4 (SS-109):
S-6 (SS-111) &
S-8 (SS-113).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 53436.
S-6 & 8 80k The S-6 (SS-111) & S-8 (SS-113) circa 1924 - 26.
On 30 December 1924, S-6 and her division (SubDiv 12) arrived at Mare Island, Calif. They operated along the west coast until 15 February 1927; in the Panama Canal area during March and April; then returned to New London on 3 May to operate along the New England coast.
Photo courtesy of James Edward Gholson. Text courtesy of DANFS.
S-6 73k Busy fleet scene as the S-6 (SS-111) looking for a berth. Behind her is what looks to be a Tennessee class (BB-43) battleship in the mid 1920's. Photo courtesy of Doug Sheley via flickr.com.
S-6 1.12k S-6 (SS-111), date and place unknown. Note Omaha class light cruiser in the background. USN photo contributed by Mike Green.
S-8, 3, 4, & 6 74k The S-8 (SS-113); S-3 (SS-107); S-4 (SS-109) & S-6 (SS-111) at Portsmouth, NH. The boat on far left can't be identified. USN photo courtesy of Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H. Photo and text contributed by by Ric Hedman/rddesigns.com.
S-4,6,& 7 686k Officers and crew of submarines S-4 (SS-109), S-6 (SS-111) & S-7 (SS-112) are lined up on deck during inspection. Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.
Photo added 01/23/17.
SS 111 842k Sub S-6 (SS-111) coming into Charlestown Navy Yard, March 1928. Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
SS 111 909k Sub S-6 (SS-111) in Charlestown Navy Yard, March 1928. Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
SS 111 913k Crowd going aboard sub S-6 (SS-111), sister ship to ill-fated S-4 (SS-109) in Navy Yard, 25 March 1928. Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
By By SS 425k S-3 (SS-107), S-6 (SS-111), S-7 (SS-112), S-8 (SS-113), S-9 (SS-114) going out of commission at Philadelphia Navy Yard, 23 October 1930. Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
S-10 67k These O type and S type submarines which were used during the World War have since been decommissioned and are now laid up in the Phila. Navy Yard. The peaceful surroundings are quite a contrast to those of their active war days. They are pictured here on 17 July 1936.
The S-10 (SS-115) was decommissioned on the day this photo was taken at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA. and laid up in the Reserve Fleet.
Pictured also are any of the following boats that were at the PNY during this time.
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 S boats: S-6 (SS-111), S-7 (SS-112), S-8 (SS-113), S-9 (SS-114), 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).
Photo & text courtesy of A.P. Wire courtesy of philly.com.
By By SS 554k OLD WARRIOR JOIN THE SCRAP;
"These decommissioned U.S. submarines, built between 1917 and 1921, have been towed from the Philadelphia Navy Yard up the Deleware River to be junked. They will add some 4,430 tons to the nation's depleted scrap pile."
It is possible that these subs are the S-3 (SS-107), S-6 (SS-111), S-7 (SS-112), S-8 (SS-113), S-9 (SS-114).
They were all struck from the Navy list on 25 January 1937 and subsequently scrapped, date unknown.
Photo from the Vallejo Times Herald, Vallejo, California, 25 October 1942 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.

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