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H-6 (SS-149)


H-4 Class Submarine: Built by the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT., for Imperial Russian Govt; Acquired by US Navy; Laid down, 14 May 1918, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.; Launched, 26 August 1918; Commissioned, USS H-6, 9 September 1918; Redesignated USS H-6 (SS-149), 15 July 1920; Decommissioned, 23 October 1922, at Norfolk, VA.; Laid up in the Reserve Fleet; Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1931; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 November 1933.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 358 t., Submerged: 467 t..; Length 150' 4" ; Beam 15' 10"; Draft 15' 10"; Speed, surfaced 14 kts, submerged 10.5 kts; Depth Limit 200'; Complement 2 Officers, 23 Enlisted; Armament, four 18" torpedo tubes, 8 torpedoes; Propulsion, diesel electric, New London Ship and Engine Co., diesel engines, 960 hp, Fuel Capacity, 11,800 gal.; Electro Dynamic Co., electric motors, 600 hp, Battery Cells, 120, single propeller.
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H-6 21k H-6 (SS-149) just prior to being launched on the ways at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA. 1918.
US Navy photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
H-6 55k H-6 (SS-149) starboard view under way, 1918 off San Pedro, Calif. As part of SubDiv 6 and later 7, H-6 was based at San Pedro, Calif. From there she operated along the West Coast, participating in various battle and training exercises with her sister submarines. Occasional patrol duty off Santa Catalina Island and overhauls at Mare Island varied this effective training routine. US Navy photo # 19-N-20300, from (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham. Text courtesy of DANFS.
H-5, 6 & 9 31k H-9 (SS-152), H-6 (SS-149) & H-5 (SS-148) at San Pedro, CA. circa early 1920's. The two left hand boats can't be positively identified as H-class submarines. The men have been doing their laundry and it is drying in the sunshine. The notation on the back of the photo says these boats are moored at "Berth 'M' Pedro".
US Navy photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
L-6, F-2 & friends 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.
F-3 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.
Photo added 03/26/11.
graveyard shift977kStarting 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:
H-2 (SS-29),
H-3 (SS-30),
L-6 (SS-45),
L-7 (SS-46),
H-4 (SS-147),
H-5 (SS-148),
H-6 (SS-149),
H-7 (SS-150),
H-8 (SS-151),
H-9 (SS-152).
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.
H-5 37k Starboard view H-6 (SS-149), circa 1930. Courtesy of LT. Gary P. Priolo, USN Ret.

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