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Patch on right contributed by Mike Smolinski, on left by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN (ret.)

Shad (SS-235)

Radio Call Sign: November - Whiskey - Delta - Victor

Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 24 October 1941, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 15 April 1942; Commissioned USS Shad (SS-235), 12 June 1942, at New London, CT.; Decommissioned in 1947; Placed in service as a Naval Reserve training vessel in the First Naval District;Beverly, Mass. and in 1948 to Salem, Mass. Placed out of service, 1 April 1960 and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register; Final Disposition, 21 June 1960 sold to Luria Brothers, Inc., of Kearney, N.J. for $ 68.766.00. Removed on 11 July 1960. Shad received six battle stars for World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,410 t.; Length 311' 10"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 2"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Complement 6 officers, 54 enlished; 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 Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, 5400 hp, Fuel Capacity, 94,400 gals., four Elliot Motor Co., electric motors, 2740 hp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin screws.
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Shad41kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Shad's (SS-235) keel laying, 24 October 1941, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Runner1.30kBow view of Runner (SS-275) from the North catwalk, 3 January 1942, Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME. US National Archives photo # 19lcm 33 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Editors Note: None of the photos from NARA would have seen the light of day here if it were not for the effort of Sean Hert. to scan and send them to me. He and Tracy White have done this innumerable times and I owe them a heart felt debt of perpetual thanks for being my legs from over 6,000 miles away.
Photo added 04/02/13.
Runner864kStern view of Runner (SS-275) from the South catwalk, 3 January 1942.
When this photo was taken, Portsmouth had four building ways in place, but they were not arranged in sequence! If you were to look into the big building shed from the water the ways were numbered 2, 4, 3, and 1. Therefore, the boat seen in these photos under construction on Runner's (SS-275) port side on 03 January 1942 was the Kingfish (SS-234), on Way #3.
The Shad (SS-235) is on Way # 2.
Here is where it gets interesting. Sometime between the date of this photo and 20 March 1942 (about 3 1/2 months later) the workers at Portsmouth rearranged the scaffolding between these two ways and inserted a fifth way (#1A)! The keel of Scorpion (SS-278) was laid there on 20 March while Runner was still under construction. By that date the way that Kingfish vacated (#3) now had Scamp (SS-277) on it.
US National Archives photo # 19lcm 34 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR) & Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 04/02/13.
Shad86kSliding down the launching ways, Shad (SS-235) backs into the waters of the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 15 April 1942.US Navy photo, courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Rosneath, Scotland78kTwo of the 6 subs of from Sub Squadron 50:
Barb (SS-220),
Blackfish (SS-221),
Herring (SS-233),
Shad (SS-235),
Gunnel (SS-253), and
Gurnard (SS-254) tied up at Rosneath, Scotland, circa 7 December 1942. The sub tender Beaver (AS-5) is in the background.
USN photo courtesy of jmlavelle.com.
Rosneath, Scotland
98k A 1943 Watercolor by the artist Dwight Clark Shepler entitled "Jerry Hunters, Rosneath, Scotland." portrays the stern view of the sub tender Beaver (AS-5) and 3 of the 6 subs of Sub Squadron 50:
Barb (SS-220),
Blackfish (SS-221),
Herring (SS-233),
Shad (SS-235),
Gunnel (SS-253), and
Gurnard (SS-254).
Painting #87 / 88-199-CK.
Courtesy of the USNHC.
SS 154 192k Aft plan view of the S-43 (SS-154) at Bethlehem Shipbuilding in San Francisco on 26 January 1944. The scaffolding belongs to the Sailfish (SS-192) to the right; Shad (SS-235) is forward of S-43 (SS-154), and unknown covered barge is berthed between Shad and Sailfish. US Navy photo # 642-44 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.
Shad132k Bow on view of the Shad (SS-235), 2 March 1944 at San Francisco for overhaul at Bethlehem.US Navy photo, courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Shad159k Stern view of the Shad (SS-235), 2 March 1944 at San Francisco for overhaul at Bethlehem.US Navy photo MI-1413-44 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Shad138k Broadside view of the Shad (SS-235), circa Spring 1944 at San Francisco for overhaul at Bethlehem.US Navy photo, courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Shad20kShad (SS-235), circa Spring 1944 at Mare Island, CA.Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Shad146k Shad (SS-235) berthed at the Salem Naval Base Reserve Central Wharf, May 1950. Photo courtesy of submarinesailor.com.
Greenling/Shad76kGreenling (SS-213), and Shad (SS-235), at Boston in 1960 awaiting scrapping.© Richard Leonhardt. Photo I.d. courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)
Shad42kShad (SS-235), at Boston in 1960 awaiting scrapping. In the background are Charles J. Badger (DD-657) and an unidentified CVE© Richard Leonhardt. Photo I.d. courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)
Shad107k Starboard quarter view of the Shad (SS-235), circa 1960 in Boston, before scrapping.US Navy photo, courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org. Photo I.d. courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)

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