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Corvina (SS-226)


Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 21 September 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 9 May 1943; Commissioned USS Corvina (SS-226), 6 August 1943; Final Disposition, sunk, 16 November 1943, by torpedo from Japanese submarine I-176, south of Truk, all hands lost; Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown).

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,424 t.; Length 311' 9"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Complement 6 Officers 54 Enlisted; Operating Depth, 300 ft; Submerged Endurance, 48 hrs at 2 kts; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10 kts; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 3"/50 deck gun, two .50 cal. machine guns, two .30 cal. machine guns; Propulsion, diesel electric reduction gear with four General Motors main generator engines, HP 5400, Fuel Capacity, 97,140 gals., four General Electric main motors, HP 2740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin propellers.
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Corvina 25k The Shortfin Corvina, Cynoscion parvipinnis. Courtesy of mexfish.com.
Corvina 31k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the Corvina's (SS-226) keel laying, 21 September 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Corvina 44k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the Corvina's (SS-226) keel laying, 21 September 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. Courtesy of ebay.com.
Corvina 302k U.S. submarine Corvina (SS-226), laying of the keel, 21 September 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. Electric Boat photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 500k Official letter from the Electric Boat Company dated 5 February 1943 choosing Corvina's (SS-226) Sponsor, Mrs. R. W. Christie. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 698k Official letter from the L.Y. Spear, President of the Electric Boat Company dated 23 February 1943 informing Mrs. R. W. Christie that she will sponsor the Corvina (SS-226) on 9 May 1943. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Bonefish 288k Topside looking forward of the Bonefish (SS-223), on the building ways at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 7 March 1943.
Also under construction from right to left are the Cod (SS-224), Cero (SS-225), & at extreme right Corvina (SS-226).
Directly under the photographer would have been the #1 way at the Old North Yard, which on 7 March would have been occupied by the keel of Sealion (SS-315).
Electric Boat Co / USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org. Text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.
Corvina 311k Letter from A.G. Barnes on 23 April 1943 congratulating Mrs. R. W. Christie as sponsor for the Corvina (SS-226). USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 478k Page 1 of a 2 page Official letter from the L.Y. Spear, President of the Electric Boat Company to Mrs. Claire Boothe Luce dated 28 April 1943 informing her of wartime procedures at the launching ceremonies. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 496k Letter from the management of E.B. on 6 May informing employees that they may attend the launching of the Corvina (SS-226). USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 183k Mrs. R. W. Christie, sponsor for the U.S. submarine Corvina (SS-226), 9 May 1943. Electric Boat photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 187k U.S. submarine Corvina (SS-226) sponsor's party, Mrs. W.M. Christie & Mrs. R. W. Christie, 9 May 1943. Electric Boat photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 87k U.S. submarine Corvina (SS-226) sponsor's party, Mrs. W.M. Christie & Mrs. R. W. Christie, Mr. & Mrs. J.G. Venter, 9 May 1943. Electric Boat photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 214k Mrs. Ralph W. Christie, Sponsor for the Corvina (SS-226) and the bottle of champagne before it meet the boat's bow on 9 May 1943. Electric Boat photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 727k Mrs. R.S. Rooney, Mrs. R. W. Christie, & Lt. Com. R. S. Rooney, 9 May 1943. USN photo # 80-G-70669, from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert
Corvina 938k Electric Boat Launches Corvina (SS-226), Sixth Submarine Christened in 11 Weeks.
Submarine Corvina Slides into the Thames.
Photo from The New London Evening Day, Monday 10 May 1943, courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 776k The Corvina (SS-226) slides down the ways at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT, launched, 9 May 1943. USN photo # 80-G-70680, from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Corvina 606k Telegram from L.Y. Spear, President of the Electric Boat Company to Admiral Christie congratulating him on his wife's successful sponsoring of the Corvina (SS-226) on 9 May 1943. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 287k Admiral Christie returns the favor to E.B. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 968k Corvina's (SS-226) crew & their significant others party at Polly's Inn off West Norwich Road, Montville, CT. 16 July 1943.
Lieutenant Commander R. S. Rooney & wife are in the middle of the 3rd row.
USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 723k Corvina's (SS-226) crew at Polly's Inn off West Norwich Road, Montville, CT. 16 July 1943.
Lieutenant Commander R. S. Rooney is 7th from the right, front row. Lieutenant Commander (Executive Officer) David Kinney Sloan, Jr. is to his left.
USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 383k Corvina's (SS-226) officers with their wives at Polly's Inn off West Norwich Road, Montville, CT. 16 July 1943. Lieutenant Commander (Executive Officer) David Kinney Sloan, Jr. is seated 4th from the left in the front row.
Lieutenant Commander R. S. Rooney is in the middle, second row.
The last officer and wife are William Chewning & wife Betsy.
USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Insert photo courtesy of Tommy Burgdorf.
Photo added 04/17/16.
Corvina 368k Ladies, music, cigarettes, and drinks. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 154k Corvina's (SS-226) crew living it up while life lasted. Captions in the background posters are from the Four Freedoms speech by President Roosevelt. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 131k Corvina's (SS-226) crew living it up while life lasted. Note the regulation hat. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 695k Corvina's (SS-226) crew living it up while life lasted.
No i.d. on the sailor with the bottle who seems to be the life of the party.
USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 169k Raised glasses in a toast to the living. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 180k Last look for the camera. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 31k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the Corvina's (SS-226) commissioning, 6 August 1943, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Corvina 730k Attached text reads: Crewmen relax with coffee in torpedo room of Corvina (SS-226) at submarine base New London, Ct. August 1943.
Wholly speculative, but perhaps the crewman looking up with the mug of coffee is Seaman, Second Class George Williams "Bud" Daugherty, Jr or Fire Controlman, Third Class William Robert Busch, and the crewman looking down from the bunk is Max Frederick Micha, Motor Machinist's Mate, First Class.
USN photo # 80-G-468673, by Cdr. Edward J. Steichen, from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert
Steichen 498k Submarine gun crew in action! Manning a 4-incher, these deep-seamen are duelling on the surface. Hot-shell man (possibly Joseph Edward Halpin, Jr.) removes shell case as the third loader passses up shell.
Photographed at the Submarine Base, New London, Conn. Photo released 4 November 1943.
Text courtesy of Theodore Roscoe, from his book "U.S. Submarine Operations of WW II", published by USNI.
USN photo # 80-G-43491 by Cdr. Edward J. Steichen, from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Corvina 63k Japanese submarine I-176, which sank the Corvina (SS-226).
Note: This was the first patrol for both submarines.
16 November 1943: Cdr Roderick S. Rooney's Corvina, on her first war patrol, Drum (SS-228) and Blackfish (SS-221) receive an ULTRA message about the arrival of I-176 and are sent to intercept her.
300 miles S of Truk. At 2312 (K), when heading N at 16 knots, the lookouts on partially flooded I-176 sight a dark object in northeasterly direction, 8,800 yards away, illuminated by the bright moonlight. Lt.Cdr Yamaguchi orders to prepare for diving and turns toward the target. Four minutes later it is identified as a "Perch-class" submarine, evidently in the process of recharging her batteries.
17 November 1943: I-176 crash-dives, goes to silent running and by 0057 reaches the position on Corvina's starboard quarter, distance 2,700 yards. Lt.Cdr Yamaguchi considers the firing angle excessive and orders to battle-surface in 15 minutes.
At 0112, Corvina suddenly turns towards the I-176. Yamaguchi orders to belay the order to surface and makes a turn himself, keeping the target on his port beam. At 0120 Yamaguchi fires three torpedoes from bow tubes. Twenty-five seconds later two heavy explosions are heard and the boat is shaken considerably. Corvina blows up and sinks with all 82 hands at 05-50N, 151-10E.
At 0130, after making a periscope search, I-176 surfaces and heads for the site of attack. An oil slick and various debris are sighted.
Text & photo courtesy of combinedfleet.com.
Corvina 7k Roderick Shanahan Rooney, Commander (Commanding Officer) of the Corvina (SS-226) at the time of her loss. USN photo courtesy of oneternalpatrol.com.
Corvina 56k Commemorative photo in honor of the memory of the crew of the Corvina (SS-226).Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen.
Dante's Prayer courtesy of Loreena McKennitt via quinlanroad.com.
Corvina 296k Letter from the Navy Dept. dated 14 March 1944 informing Mrs. Robert E. Ennis, Jr, the next of kin of Machinist's Mate, First Class Robert E. Ennis, Jr, of the Corvina (SS-226) loss in action. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 287k Letter from Admiral Lockwood dated 11 March 1947 informing the wife of Robert E. Ennis, Jr. that there were no survivors from the Corvina (SS-226). USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 167k Map of the general area south of Truk where the Japanese submarine I-176 sank the Corvina (SS-226). Courtesy of lib.utexas.edu.
Corvina 52k Google Earth satellite photo of the Corvina's (SS-226) last approximate position based during post-war debriefings. This position is thought to be the final resting place of the Corvina and her crew. View courtesy of Google Earth.
Corvina 705k Page 1 of an article on the Corvina (SS-226) that appeared in Sea Classics Magazine by Robert Sabels.
Where have I seen those photos before?
USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 701k Page 2 of an article on the Corvina (SS-226) that appeared in Sea Classics Magazine by Robert Sabels. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 734k Page 3 of an article on the Corvina (SS-226) that appeared in Sea Classics Magazine by Robert Sabels. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 770k Page 4 of an article on the Corvina (SS-226) that appeared in Sea Classics Magazine by Robert Sabels. USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corvina 692k Page 5 of an article on the Corvina (SS-226) that appeared in Sea Classics Magazine by Robert Sabels.
The boat in the picture is a doctored photo of the Corvina's sister ship, the Cero (SS-225).
USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Tolling the Boats 117k Joyce DaSilva, the wife of Jesse DaSilva of the Tang (SS-306), one of the nine survivors of the boat, tosses a flower into a reflecting pool to honor the memory of one of the 52 submarines lost during World War II at the National Submarine Memorial-West on board Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. On this Veterans Day, the Submarine Veterans of World War II transferred ownership of the memorial to the U.S. Navy.

The following text is from The Coming Fury by Bruce Catton., pg. 478.
"Major Sullivan Ballou of Rhode Island was killed in the battle, and just before it he had wrote to his wife, Sarah, to tell her that he believed he was going to be killed and to express a tremulous faith that could see a gleam of light in the dark:
"But O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and float unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you in the gladdest days and in the gloomiest nights, always, always, and if there be a soft breeze upon your chest it shall be my breath, as the cool air fans your throbbing temple it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait, for we shall meet again!"
Text i.d. courtesy of Marlynn Starring. Photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Senior, Vice Commander, Los Angeles-Pasadena Base, USSVI.
USN photo # N-1159B-021 by Journalist 2nd Class Brian Brannon, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Devilfish289kThis could have been the view through the periscope lens of the Japanese submarine I-176 when she sunk the Corvina (SS-226) had it been in daytime, but she was sunk at night, illuminated by an almost full moon.
This is the Devilfish (SS-292), being sunk as a target by Wahoo (SS-565) at San Francisco, CA., 14 August 1968.

In Memorium:

In the Second Book of Shmuel (Samuel), 22nd chapter, 5th through the 20th verses, translated from the original in Hebrew and published by the Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel, 1982, can perhaps aptly describe the fate of the crew and all other U.S. submariners who died defending their county:

"When the waves of death compassed me / the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; / the bonds of She'ol encircled me; / the snares of death took me by surprise; / in my distress I called upon the Lord, / and cried to my G-D: / and he heard my voice out of his temple, / and my cry entered into his ears. / Then the earth shook and trembled; /the foundations of heaven moved / and shook because of his anger /...the heavy mass of waters, and thick clouds of the skies /... And the channels of the sea appeared, / the foundations of the world were laid bare, / at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast at the breath of his nostrils. / He sent from above, he took me; / he drew me out of many waters; / he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. / They surprised me in the day of my calamity: / but the Lord was my stay / He brought me forth also into a large place: / he delivered me because he delighted in me./"
U.S. Navy photo, courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
On Eternal Patrol
ComSubPac Report of loss of USS Corvina (SS 226) November 16 1943 - 82 Men Lost
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ
USS CORVINA SS-226 MEMORIAL

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