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H-9 (SS-152)

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Bravo - Victor

H-4 Class Submarine:Built by the British Pacific Construction and Engineering Company, Vancouver, Canada for Imperial Russian Government; Acquired by US Navy 20 May 1918; Reassembled at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.; Laid down, 1 June 1918; Launched, 23 November 1918; Commissioned, USS H-9, 25 November 1918; Redesignated USS H-9 (SS-152), 17 July 1920; Decommissioned, 3 November 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.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert & Thomas Lee, Managing Editor Undersea Warfare Magazine

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-4 489k 4 photo PDF showing H-4 (SS-147) with General Arrangement, Outboard Profile; Superstructure, Inboard Profile; Battery Deck & Various Sections, 1918.National Archives Identifier: 75841758
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H-9 77k H-9 (SS-152) launching day, 23 November 1918 at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA. USN photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
4 Hs 410k Four unknown H-boats at San Pedro, California, late 1910s. Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Photo by Mark Jay Goebel/Getty Images, courtesy of
H-351kH-3 (SS-30) on the left, possibly with the H-9 (SS-152), on the right & Cheyenne (M-10) in the background at Bremerton, WA., circa 1918-22. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
H-boats 2.84k Two views of an unidentified H boat at Johnson Wharf. Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Photos # CVA 260-80 & 260-94 courtesy of James Crookall via courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Who Am I 700k NOT TWO SPEEDING MOTORBOATS in the N. Y. Y. C.'s annual Block Island run, but one of your Uncle Samuel's latest type submarines coming to the surface with a rush after a deep dive in a choppy sea somewhere along the Pacific Coast.
Top photo is an H-boat surfacing, probably off San Pedro, Ca. Possibility it could be the H-9 (SS-152) as she did a series of dive surface photo ops for the record.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Photo by Underwood.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 7 August 1921, Image 57, via
H-9 94k H-9 (SS-152) on maneuvers, probably in the Pacific, possibly circa early 20's. USN photo # 19-N-20292, from (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
H-9 69k H-9 (SS-152), submerging, circa 1922. USNHC photo # NH 53612.
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". USN photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
A1l twelve of the submarines en route from Los Angeles to Hampton Roads, Va., under convoy of the tender Beaver (AS-5), were said at the local submarine base to be accounted for this morning.
Image and text provided by University of Florida.
Photo & text by The Lakeland Evening Telegram. (Lakeland, Fla.) 1911-1922, 29 July 1922, Image 1, courtesy of
graveyard shiftNRStarting 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.
Eleven of the boats were:
H-2 (SS-29),
H-3 (SS-30),
L-5 (SS-44),
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 Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA
Photo from The Weekly Iberian. (New Iberia, La.) 1894-1946, 19 August 1922, Image 2, courtesy of

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