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|1.20k|| AA-2 (SS-60) at Fore River Ship Yard, 1 October 1921.
Note the submarine being built in the boat house above the docked AA-2. The last 3 S-boats being turned out there were S-44 (SS-155), S-46 (SS-157) & S-47 (SS-158); respectivley laid down 14 January, 23 February & 26 February 1921.
|US National Archives photo # 19lc 1 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
|515k||Launching of New U. S. Submarine
Above are shown the S-47 (SS-158), the last word in undersea fighting craft....sponsored by Mrs. Morris D. Gilmore...
|Image and text provided by Central Michigan University, Clark Historical Library.
Photo from The L'Anse Sentinel. (L'Anse, L.S., Mich.) 18??-current, 22 February 1924, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
PDF added 09/24/17.
|200k||From left to right: S-18 (SS-123), S-47 (SS-158), & S-44 (SS 155) tied up at Groton, CT., 8 April 1924. The 3 subs are moored to the self propelled barge Isaac L. Rice. EB used it for submarine testing and acted as a tender for subs under construction or undergoing maintenance while at EB.||USN photo # 19-N-10282, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
Text courtesy of Ric Hedman.
|270k||Typical of the last E.B.'s S-boats, S-42-47 (SS-153-58) is shown as in 1924-25 (the date of final changes to the original plans is illegible). These boats were part of a second, redesigned series. They were lengthened enough to accomodate both the new 4in/50 gun & the gun access hatch shown (arrowed) forward of the conning tower fairwater (it is the main visual difference between these and earlier E.B. units)|| Drawing & Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
|1.72k||Control Force Employment Schedule, 4 January to 1 March 1926. US Fleet Problem Number VI.||Photo courtesy of Steve Ireland.|
|123k||S-47 (SS-158) leaving Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, en route to Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., in April 1927. Two other S-boats and a larger V-boat class submarine are in the foreground. Ship in the middle distance is either Aroostook (CM-3) or Shawmut (CM-4).||USN photo # NH 42191, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.|
|111k||S-47 (SS-158) off San Diego, circa later 1920s. A fuel barge marked "Star & Crescent Oil Co. // Associated Gasoline" is beyond S-47's bow. A San Diego Consolidated Gas & Electric Company power plant is in the center distance.||USN photo # NH 42190, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.|
|128k||19th Submarine Division at San Diego, California, 28 July 1928, with officers and crewmen paraded on deck. Panoramic photograph, taken by O.A. Tunnell, 521 A St., San Diego. The first three submarines are (from inboard): S-46 (SS-157); S-42 (SS-153) and S-47 (SS-158). The other three are (in no order): S-43 (SS-154); S-44 (SS-155) and S-45 (SS-156).||USN photo # NH 96624, now in the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy of Captain Gordon Peterson, USN.|
|97k||Holland (AS-3) in Balboa harbor, Panama Canal Zone, 7 May 1927, with seven S-boats alongside. Panoramic photograph, taken for the National Photo Service, San Antonio, Texas. Note that firm's logo in the right-center. Submarines in the center group are (from outboard): S-46 (SS-157); S-47 (SS-158); S-44 (SS-155); and an unidentifed boat. Outboard submarine in the group astern is S-45 (SS-156).||USN photo # NH 96623, now in the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy of Captain Gordon Peterson, USN.|
|184k||From left to right: |
S-47(SS-158), S-42 (SS-153), S-43(SS-154) & Barracuda (SS-163);
at the sub base in Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, probably circa early 1936.
|USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|327k||Submarine Division 11 is shown moored together here in this photograph, probably taken in 1936 at the Submarine Base in Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone. Shown are the S-46 (SS-157), S-43 (SS-154), S-47 (SS-158), S-42 (SS-153), S-44 (SS-155), and S-45 (SS-156).||Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Dave Johnston, USNR.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
|450k||Submarines S-47 (SS-158), S-32 (SS-137), S-26 (SS-131) & Argonaut (SS-166) in Honolulu Harbor in 1936. Notice Aloha Tower in the background. |
Notice that all the S-boats have the post S-4 (SS-109) accident messenger buoy modifications to their stern, and how deeply in the water the stern light sits, making visibility of this light problematic in anything but glass calm seas.
|Partial text & i.d. courtesy of David Johnston (USNR). Photo by Edward Cwalinski, submitted by Barry Litchfield.|
|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-46 (SS-157), &
|Sub and Yippy Tie Up by William F. Draper.
Painting #13 / 88-189-N. Courtesy of the USNHC.
|62k||S-47 (SS-158) off San Francisco, CA., 7 September 1943, following overhaul. A platform has been added to her conning tower for a single 20-millimeter antiaircraft gun; her gun deck gun is a manually-operated dual-purpose 3-inch 50-caliber. Mounted just ahead of her periscopes is an SJ surface-search and torpedo-control radar. The small tripod forward of the deck gun supports an early type of underwater listening equipment. S-47 displays no identification except her national ensign, and wears dull black wartime submarine finish.
In the left background is the characteristic silhouette of a New Mexico class (BB-40 / 42) battleship. Both the Mississippi (BB-41) & Idaho (BB-42) were there at the time, with the Idaho arriving that day.
|USN photo # NH 42192, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.|
|110k||Stern view of S-47 (SS-158) off San Francisco on 7 September 1943. She is heading for the suspension section of the Oakland Bay Bridge.||USN photo # 6346-43, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|50k||Broadside view of S-47 (SS-158) off San Francisco on 7 September 1943.||USN photo # 6342-43,courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|127k||Bow on view of S-47 (SS-158) off San Francisco on 7 September 1943.||USN photo # 6350-43,courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|170k||Port quarter view of the S-47 (SS-158) off San Francisco on 7 September 1943. You can now see Yerba Buena Island with both ends of the Oakland Bay Bridge.||USN photo # 6347-9-43,courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|32k||S-47 (SS-158), possibly off San Francisco on 7 September 1943.||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.|
|129k||S-47 (SS-158), entering dry dock ARD-6 at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, 25 January 1944.||USN photo courtesy of "US Warships of World War II" by P. Silverstone. Partial text contributed from P. Silverstone & Mike Green.|
|32k||Rear Adm. Allen Alfred Bergner was the Commanding Officer of the S-47 (SS-158) from December 1944 to October 1945.||Official photograph of the U.S. Navy courtesy of Bill Gonyo.|
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