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|72k||Typical wartime H-boat launch on 9 Oct. 1918 at Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Everything is in readiness. The H-4 (SS-147) sponsoring party and bunting at the bow workmen along the runways tuning up the cradle, shoring in place, visitors and sailors on the deck. Note the circular Fessenden oscillator in the starboard bow of the pressure hull.||US Navy photo provided by Rick Larson MMCM (SS) (ret.) courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Insert photo & text courtesy of Beneath the Surface: World War I Submarines Built in Seattle and Vancouver by Bill Lightfoot.
Photo added 05/14/13.
|82k||H-4 (SS-147) portside view under way, probably off San Pedro, CA., 1918. Stationed at San Pedro, Calif., first with SubDiv 6 and then SubDiv 7, H-4 participated in various battle and training exercises along the West Coast with her sister H-class boats. These exercises were interrupted by occasional patrol duty off Santa Catalina Island and periodic overhauls at Mare Island.||US Navy photo # 19-N-20296, from (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
|90k||San Pedro, Calif. submarine base. From inboard to outboard:
F-2 (SS-21), L-6 (SS-45), & what appears to be H-6 (SS-149)?, H-4 (SS-147), R-7 (SS-84). Photo is at or after 30 June 1921 through 1 July 1922. The R-7 had arrived from the Panama Canal then and the L-6 was placed in commission, in ordinary, 24 March 1922; returned to full commission 1 July; and sailed for the east coast the same month. All the H-class boats left on 25 July 1922 for the east coast as well.
Notice that the other boats seem higher out of the water, which is indicative of the H-class boats which had a higher beam than the F & L-classes. The boats behind this group are too far away to i.d. properly.
|US Navy photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS. Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
|53k||H-4 (SS-147) at Mare Island for a refit, circa 1918-22.||US Navy photo courtesy of subnet.com.|
|313k||Glacier (AF-4) with YR-5 and Submarines H-4 (SS-147) and H-6 (SS-149), between Feb 1921 and April 1921 at Mare Island.||Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
US Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
|977k||Starting a 5,000-mile journey, which will end at their own graveyard,twelve H and L type submarines left the Navy base at San Pedro, CA, recently, bound for Hampton Roads, VA. through the Panama Canal. Upon arrival on the East coast they are to be decommissioned and cut up for scrap iron.|
Ten of the boats were:
|Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Lehi Sun. (Lehi, Utah) 1913-1949, 17 August 1922, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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