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S-9 (SS-114)


S-4 Class Submarine (Government-type): Laid down, 20 January 1919, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H.; Launched, 17 June 1920; Commissioned, USS S-9 (SS-114), 21 February 1921; Decommissioned, 15 April 1931, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.; Laid up in the Reserve Fleet; Struck from the Naval Register, 21 July 1936; 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-9 79k Keel laying ceremony for the S-9 (SS-114) at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, 20 January 1919. Note the polished rivetting hammers held by the officers at right. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 46546.
S-9 60k S-9 (SS-114) photographed during the 1920s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 46559.
S-9 48k S-9 (SS-114) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, circa 1920's. USN photo courtesy of Ric Hedman / rddesign@rddesigns.com.
S-9 107k Underway, circa the early 1920s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 41757, courtesy of Robert Hurst.
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-boats 115k The Submarine Tender Camden (AS-6) photographed circa the middle or later 1920s, with ten S-boats alongside. The submarines are (on Camden's starboard side, from left to right):
S-18 (SS-123) & unidentified Electric Boat type S-boat;
S-19 (SS-124);
S-12 (SS-117); and an unidentified Government type S-boat.
On Camden'sport side, from left to right:
Unidentified Government type S-boat;
S-7 (SS-112);
S-8 (SS-113);
S-9 (SS-114); and
S-3 (SS-107).
Collection of Vice Admiral Dixwell Ketcham, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 100459.
S-9 731k All the boats in the image are S-boats.
On the left is the S-9 (SS-114). The next is probably S-24 (SS-129). All of the rest are 20 series boats. The boat in the background IS NOT the S-2 (SS-106). It is a 20 series like the others. The last digit in the boat's name is obscured by the torpedo davit on the boat in the middle.
As for a location, the pier in the background looks like some images I have seen of San Pedro, California. Although the fact that this came from the New York Daily News Archive seems to indicate the Brooklyn Navy Yard or some location in the city.
I can't see the stern of any of the boats. This helps in dating the photo. It appears that the aft skeg of the S-24 is still in place and there are no post S-4 (SS-109) safety modifications so this would indicate that the photo was taken in the mid to late 1920's, but this is only a rough guess.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).
Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.
Photo added 01/24/17.
S-9 275k Starboard view of the S-9 (SS-114) underway, 4 June 1927 at Hampton Roads, Virginia during the Presidential review.
She operated in the Panama Canal area from March into April, arrived at New London on 3 May, and spent the remainder of 1927 along the northeast coast.
USN photo # 19-N-11054, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham. Text courtesy of DANFS. Partial text courtesy of USNHC photo caption NH 41758.
S-9 & 15 544k Inscription on bottom of the photo reads:"Overhaul Period, Mare Island CA. Dock side view at Mare Island in 1929; the Ortolan (AM-45) and five of her charges, of which only two boats are identifiable: the S-9 (SS-114) & S-15 (SS-120). USN photo courtesy of Angie Mattke.
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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