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Plunger (SS-179)


Radio Call Sign: November - Echo -Golf - Lima
Perch Class Submarine: Laid down, 17 July 1935, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 8 July 1936; Commissioned, USS Plunger (SS-179), 19 November 1936; Decommissioned, 15 November 1945, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.; Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Vessel at Brooklyn, NY in May 1946; Declared unessential, 5 July 1956; Struck from the Naval Register, 6 July 1956; Final Disposition, sold for scraping, 22 April 1957, to Bethlehem Steel Co., Bethlehem, PA. Plunger received 14 battle stars for World War II service.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,330 t., Submerged: 1,997 t.; Length 300' 7" ; Beam 21' 5"; Draft 13' 10"; Speed, Surfaced 21 kts, Submerged 9 kts; Maximum Operating Depth, 250'; Complement 5 Officers, 45 Enlisted; Armament, six 21" torpedo tubes, 18 torpedoes, one 3"/50 deck gun, two .50 cal. machine guns, four .30 cal. machine guns; Propulsion, diesel-electric, Winston diesel engines, HP 4300, Fuel Capacity, 92,801 gals.; GE motors, HP 2368, 240 battery cells, twin screws.
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SS-17917kCommemorative postal cover marking the keel laying of the Plunger (SS-179) 17 July 1935, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.
Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
SS179 and 180191kPlunger (SS-179) is waterborne at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME. 8 July 1936. She is pictured here docking after launching. USN photo # 206-36 courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Plunger 554k Crew members saluting the colors on 19 November 1936, as the Plunger (SS-179) is commissioned. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1985.131.051, courtesy of Mike Green.
SS179 and 180134kStern view of the Pollack (SS-180) & Plunger (SS-179) at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME. They are pictured here fitting out, circa April 1937.USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Plunger 428k Photograph of deck of unidentified submarine, which is perhaps Plunger (SS-179) in the late 1930ís. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum via Bill Gonyo.
Plunger 469k Plunger (SS-179) departed Gravesend Bay, N.Y. 15 April 1937 for shakedown cruise to Guantanamo Bay, the Canal Zone, and Guayaquil, Ecuador. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum via Bill Gonyo.
Plunger 350k Crewmen pictured on board the submarine Plunger (SS-179) during the boat's shakedown cruise. Their dress indicates that they are engaged in some element of the Crossing the Line ceremony.
Her crewmen are pictured during the boat's shakedown cruise on 2 May 1937.
Photo No.1985.131.008 courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum via Mike Green.
Navy Day 193721kCommemorative postal cover marking the boats of the P-class (SS-176/81) first Navy Day, 27 October 1937;
Perch (SS-176), Pickerel (SS-177), Permit (SS-178), Plunger (SS-179), Pollack (SS-180) & Pompano (SS-181).
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
SS 178, 179 and 18081kPhoto entitled "Weekly Inspection, Permit (SS-178). The Pollack (SS-180) and the Plunger (SS-179) flank the Permit." Naval Recruiting Dept, New York, circa late 1937.US Navy photo, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Dutch Harbor 870k Perch (SS-176) and sister Plunger (SS-179) anchored in 1938, as seen from the deck of an unidentified warship. The vessels were pictured during the survey of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1985.131.010 courtesy of Mike Green.
Fleet Problem XX 43k Commemorative postal cover marking Snapper (SS-185), Stingray (SS-186), Skipjack (SS-184), Plunger (SS-179), Cachalot (SS-170), Salmon (SS-182), Perch (SS-176) & Pollack (SS-180) participating in Fleet Problem XX, 28 January 1939.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
SS 182 103k Submarines in San Diego harbor, California, 1940. Moored alongside Holland (AS-3), from which the photograph was taken, the submarines are (from left to right): Salmon (SS-182); Seal (SS-183); Pickerel (SS-177); Plunger (SS-179); Snapper (SS-185) and Permit (SS-178). Note the small motor boats, of the type carried by fleet submarines prior to World War II. One of the men standing on Salmon's (SS-182) deck is Yeoman Clayton Johnson, who in 1969 was a Commander serving at the Naval History Division. Enterprise (CV-6) is in the distance, tied up at Naval Air Station, North Island. US Navy photo # NH 68479, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute. James C. Fahey Collection.
Plunger104kPlunger (P8) (SS-179) backing clear of a nest of submarines, alongside their tender in San Diego harbor, California, in 1940. Other identifiable submarines present are: Salmon (SS-182); Seal (SS-183); and Stingray (SS-186). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 68482. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute. James C. Fahey Collection.
Plunger77k The Plunger (SS-179) passes under a bridge, probably when she steamed to San Diego to join SubDiv 14, SubRon 6 between November 1937 & November 1941. US Navy photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Plunger 65k Plunger (SS-179), possibly circa 1941.
USNI / USN photo.
Navy Day 193763kOil on canvas painting by the artist Jim Christley entitled "Off To War".
Although mismanaged and crippled with defective torpedoes, the boats such as this one of the Perch-class (SS-176/81) headed out to do battle with the Imperial Japanese Navy.
Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.
Plunger 175k On 17 February 1942, Plunger (SS-179) was to be hauled out of the water for maintenance at the marine railways in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard. By 1527 she had motored in to the railways and was on the keel blocks and by 1530 she secured her engines. At 1545, while being pulled from the water, the starboard keel blocks gave way, allowing the submarine to roll until she came to rest at an angle of 60 degrees against the steel framework of the railways side. One sailor broke his left arm and two others were bruised. Plunger herself received only minor damage. All photos dated 17 February 1942; the day of the accident, roughly 90 minutes to two hours after Plunger rolled.
View from bow aft along starboard side. (roughly two hours after the accident).
Photo # 177-42: Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence 1941-45, John Fitzgerald & Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Plunger 161k View of after end from dock walkway. Photo # 178-42: Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence 1941-45, John Fitzgerald & Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Plunger 188k View aft along dock against which submarine rests. The riggers have installed some shores. Photo # 179-42: Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence 1941-45, John Fitzgerald & Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Plunger 158k General view of submarine looking forward from the carriage walkways. Photo # 181-42: Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence 1941-45, John Fitzgerald & Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Plunger 151k View forward from the side of the dock against which the submarine rests. Photo # 182-42: Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence 1941-45, John Fitzgerald & Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Plunger 140k View from walkway at head of dock. Photo # 184-42: Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence 1941-45, John Fitzgerald & Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Plunger 161k Close-up of keel and blocks near frame 60. Note marks on the keel caused by sliding on blocks. Photo # 184-42: Source: NARA San Francisco, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence 1941-45, John Fitzgerald & Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Plunger 251k Plunger (SS-179) on 10 April 1942. Portside inclines, taken from starboard side. Photo NARA II, Record Group 19; Bureau of Ships War Damage Reports & Related Records 1942-49, courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Photo added 11/15/12.
Plunger 182k Plunger (SS-179) on 12 April 1942.
Afloat and leaving Marine Railway, starboard side looking aft.
Photo NARA II, Record Group 19; Bureau of Ships War Damage Reports & Related Records 1942-49, courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Photo added 11/15/12.
Plunger 92k Plunger (SS-179) along side Fulton (AS-11) with what looks to be a present wrapped up for the crew on 21 July 1942. US Navy photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Plunger 83k The Plunger's (SS-179) officers smile for the camera while underway. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Plunger 53k The Plunger's (SS-179) CO receives an award by Admiral Lockwood. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Plunger100kJapanese Cargo Ship sinking, as photographed through a periscope by Plunger (SS-179). This ship is probably the MS Kinai Maru, sunk by Plunger on 10 May 1943, during her sixth war patrol. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-68687, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Plunger59k Japanese Cargo Ship sinking, as photographed through a periscope by Plunger (SS-179). This ship is probably the MS Kinai Maru, sunk by Plunger on 10 May 1943, during her sixth war patrol. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-68685, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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Sheet One, "Cover Sheet", of the ship's Booklet of General Plans, C&R Plan # 300947, as updated to 8 December 1943
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 79455.
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Sheet Three, "Outboard Profile", of the ship's Booklet of General Plans, C&R Plan # 300947, as updated to 8 December 1943.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 79457-A.
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Sheet Four, "Inboard Profile", of the ship's Booklet of General Plans, C&R Plan # 300947, as updated to 8 December 1943.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 79458.
Plunger63kPlunger (SS-179)
Sheet Five, "Main Deck", of the ship's Booklet of General Plans, C&R Plan # 300947, as updated to 8 December 1943.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 79459.
Plunger61kPlunger (SS-179)
Sheet Six, "Platform Deck", of the ship's Booklet of General Plans, C&R Plan # 300947, as updated to 8 December 1943.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 79460.
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Sheet Seven, "Hold", of the ship's Booklet of General Plans, C&R Plan # 300947, as updated to 8 December 1943.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 79461.
Plunger113k Members of the submarine's crew display her battle-flag. The man seated in the center appears to be wearing a Japanese sailor's hat. The photograph is dated 21 June 1943, following Plunger's (SS-179) sixth war patrol. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-72010, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Plunger183k Watercolor of the Plunger (SS-179) underway. The painting is by Mr. Ike Lloyd.Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Plunger 43k Rear Admiral Edward J. Fahy,USNA '34, one of Plunger's (SS-179) wartime commanders. He was the CO from 13.06.1944 to 10.10.1944 Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Text info courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Hoe/Plunger501kPhoto of the Hoe (SS-258), and Plunger (SS-179) was taken in 1956 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, facing out into the East River toward the Williamsburg Bridge which can be seen in the right of the photo. The structures on the left appear to be the ship building ways. Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS), text courtesy of Art Cappabianca.

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