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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN (ret.)

S-35 (SS-140)

Radio Call Sign: November - India - Papa - Delta

S-18 Class Submarine: Laid down, 14 June 1918, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., San Francisco, CA.; Launched, 27 February 1919; Commissioned, USS S-35 (SS-140), 17 August 1922; Decommissioned, 25 October 1922, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Recommissioned, 7 May 1923, at New London, CT.; Decommissioned, 19 March 1945, at Pearl Harbor, TH; Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown); Final Disposition, sunk as a target by torpedo, 4 April 1946, off the Hawaiian Islands. S-35 was awarded one battle star for her services in World War II.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 854 t., Submerged: 1,062 t.; Length 219' 3" ; Beam 20' 8"; Draft 15' 11"(mean); Depth Limit 200'; Speed, Surfaced 14.5 kts, Submerged 11 kts; Complement, 4 Officers, 34 Enlisted; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes, 12 torpedoes, one 4"/50 deck gun; Propulsion, diesel-electric, New London Ship & Engine diesel engines, HP 1200, Fuel Capacity, 41,192 gals.; Electro Dynamic Co., electric motors, Battery Cells, 120, twin propellers.
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SS  140 148k The S-35 (SS-140) slides stern first into San Francisco Bay at her launching at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Ltd., Union Plant, Potrero Wks. on 27 February 1919. The ship's sponsor Miss. Louise Carolyn Bailey is shown on the right. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
SS  140 176k S-35 (SS-140) typified first generation Holland S-boats modernized during WW II. The two most visible changes were the platform for a 20-mm gun and the installation of a SJ radar (its range indicator is the shaded box in the conning tower).
A new keel sonar was installed (indicated by an arrow). An underwater signal ejector is shown under the 20-mm platform (arrow) with an internal platform for its operator. The two Fessenden oscillators have been removed (their cavaties are arrowed). The boat's marker buoys were removed (note her stern contour) because they could become loose during depth charging.
The boat was also air conditioned (the air conditioner is indicated near the refrigerator abaft the control room, indicated by the arrow under the keel near amidships) & a Kleinschmidt still installed.
Drawing & Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
SS 135 - 46 113k The S-boat was the culmination of E.B. single-hull design for the U.S. Navy. This is a typical unit of the S-30-41 (SS-135-46) group, as completed. Ballast tunks are indicated. Lines below the hull show the location of the fuel tanks forward & aft (the foremost two tanks of the after group are the lubricating oil tank & sump tank). Arrows indicate the two Fessenden oscillators under the boat's keel, fore & aft. Arrows in the bridge structure indicate the three periscopes (one in the conning tower, soon removed) the telescoping radio mast & the radio tube leading down into the radio room.
In the control room the wheels controlling the planes were on the port side: the three levers for the Kingston valves were on the opposite side, abaft the chart table. The radio room, (below the radio tube, into which the antenna leads ran) was set into the after port side of the control room.
Abaft the main motors were auxillaries: the low pressure main ballast pump on the centerline, the high pressure main ballast pump on the starboard shaft, the motor for the Fessenden oscillator on the port shaft.
Drawing & Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
SS  137 128k S-32 (SS-137) inboard with S-35 (SS-140) outboard at Groton, CT, 9 January 1923. USN photo # 19-N-10268, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
SS  140 71k The S-35 (SS-140), possibly around the time of her recommissioning, 7 May 1923, at New London, CT. USN photo courtesy of USNI.
SS  140 103k S-35 (SS-140) underway off San Diego, November, 1923. USN photo # 19-N-10679, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
SS-131103kS-26 (SS-131) & S-35 (SS-140), on a cruise to the West Indies, circa January -Feb, 1924. They are shown at Target Bay on the island of Culebra. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
S-35 89k The Minesweeper Ortolan (ASR-5) possibly at Mare Island, circa 1925. The sub is believed to be the S-35 (SS-140), or S-36 (SS-141). Courtesy of Ric Hedman.
S-30-35 122k Beaver (AS-5) at Olongapo, Philippines, with six submarines alongside, in March 1929. The submarines are (from front to rear):
S-32 (SS-137),
S-35 (SS-140),
S-30 (SS-135),
S-33 (SS-138),
S-31 (SS-136), &
S-34 (SS-139).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 59967.
S-30-35 128k Submarines at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippines. Crewmen posing with a 4"/50 deck gun on board a S-boat submarine, March 1929, with another 4"/50 in the foreground. These submarines are probably S-30 (SS-135) and S-31 (SS-136).
Behind them are (from front to rear):
S-35 (SS-140),
S-33 (SS-138);
S-32 (SS-137);
and S-34 (SS-139).
Photographed from Beaver (AS-5). In the background is Pittsburgh (CA-4), in the Dewey drydock.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 51830.
SS  140 1.31k S-35 (SS-140) taken in 1932 in the Philippines. Lt. C.W. Weitzel in command. Photo courtesy of Acme Newspictures via Bill Gonyo.
SS  140 131k S-35 (SS-140) entering Pearl Harbor, possibly May, 1932. USN photo # 19-N-17944, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
SS  140 184k On 2 May 1932, S-35 (SS-140) moved east, instead of north, and at the end of the month, arrived at Pearl Harbor where she joined the Pacific Fleet and commenced a schedule of exercises, overhauls, and fleet problems which took her into the 1940's.
She is seen here on 30 July 1934.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Submarine Divison 9 20k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the decommissioning of Submarine Divison 9 on 7 December 1937. The subs appearing are:
S-30 (SS-135)
S-31 (SS-136)
S-32 (SS-137)
S-33 (SS-138)
S-34 (SS-139)
& S-35 (SS-140).
Courtesy of Jack Tretule.
S-31, S-35, S-33, S-34 54k From outboard to inboard, S-31 (SS-136), S-35 (SS-140), S-33 (SS-138), and S-34 (SS-139), probably in the Phillipines. Vance Adams for his father, Lt. Vance Adams USN Ret (deceased).
S-23 73k An 1942 oil painting on board, by the artist William F. Draper entitled "Sub and Yippy Tie Up."
In a quiet inlet of the Bering Sea in 1942, a YP boat gets a coat of paint and an S-boat ties up for fuel and provisions. The short Alaskan day is ending and lights may be seen in the barracks until total darkness requires a blackout.
The S-boats that served in the Aleutians theater were:
S-18 (SS-123),
S-23 (SS-128),
S-27 (SS-132),
S-28 (SS-133),
S-30 (SS-135),
S-31 (SS-136),
S-32 (SS-137),
S-33 (SS-138),
S-34 (SS-139),
S-35 (SS-140),
S-36 (SS-141),
S-40 (SS-145),
S-41 (SS-146),
S-42 (SS-153),
S-44 (SS-155),
S-45 (SS-156),
S-46 (SS-157), &
S-47 (SS-158).
Sub and Yippy Tie Up by William F. Draper.
Painting #13 / 88-189-N. Courtesy of the USNHC.
Dutch Harbor 499k Submarine passing through Unalaska Ferry Channel during air raid alert, either S-34 (SS-139) or S-35 (SS-140). Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston, (USNR).
USN photo # 80-G-70446, from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
SS  140 60k Part of the S-35's (SS-140) crew in Alaska, circa December 1942. The contributor's father, Stephen A. Beaulieu, Jr. ENC (SS) was a CPO on board the boat during the war and is right in the middle of the picture in row 3, wearing a black watch cap. He is looking directly into the camera. USN photo courtesy of John Beaulieu.
SS  140 102k The crew of the S-35 (SS-140) at Puget Sound receiving their commendation for saving the boat after the electrical fires that broke out in December 1942. Official USN photo courtesy of John Beaulieu.
SS  140 43k Reverse side of the above photo listing the senior crew of the S-35 (SS-140) at Puget Sound receiving their commendation for saving the boat after the electrical fires that broke out in December 1942. Official USN photo courtesy of John Beaulieu.
SS  140 57k Starboard side of the S-35(SS-140), at time of inclining experiment while at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 2 May 1943. USN photo # 1196-43, courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
SS  140 97kStarboard side aft of the S-35 (SS-140), at time of inclining experiment while at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 2 May 1943. USN photo # 1198-43, courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
SS  140 1.10k Commander Wiley is inspecting the cribbing, staboard side of the S-35 (SS-140) in ARD-6 at sub base, Dutch Harbor on 4 November 1943. US National Archives photo 19lcm 7557 back from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
SS  140 1.00k Cribbing under S-35 (SS-140) in ARD-6 at sub base, Dutch Harbor on 4 November 1943. Looking forward, starboard side. US National Archives photo 19lcm 7560 back from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
SS  140 744k S-35 (SS-140) in ARD-6 at sub base, Dutch Harbor on 4 November 1943. US National Archives photo 19lcm 7563 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
SS  140 838k View of stern planes and rudder of the S-35 (SS-140) in ARD-6 at sub base, Dutch Harbor on 4 November 1943. US National Archives photo 19lcm 7566 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Who Am I?700kFleet submarines now replaced the World War I-designed types. The Aleutian S-boats as with those operating in other areas, were reassigned to training duty or designated for inactivation. S-35 (SS-140) was assigned to Pearl Harbor where she arrived in mid-February 1944 and immediately commenced training operations. In the spring, she was ordered to the Marshalls. Through the summer, she provided training services out of Majuro and Eniwetok, then returned to Pearl Harbor. In January 1945, she proceeded to San Diego for inspection and repairs, and, in February, she returned to Oahu for use as a damage control school ship. Decommissioned on 19 March 1945, she served as a school ship and then as a target ship. Her hulk was sunk by torpedo fire on 4 April 1946.
S-35 appears here in May 1945 with an unknown friend. The fleet boat is probably a Balao class, but this is a guess. Too little detail is visible.
Text courtesy of DANFS & David Johnston (USNR). USN photo # 80-G-468239 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com & Sean Hert.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ron Reeves & Ric Hedman.

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