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Bashaw (SS-241) (SSK-241) (AGSS-241)

Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Lima - Juliet

Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 4 December 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 25 July 1943; Commissioned USS Bashaw (SS-241), 25 October 1943; Decommissioned, 20 June 1949; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet; Recommissioned, 3 April 1951; Decommissioned, 10 May 1952, for conversion to an Hunter-Killer Submarine, at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.; Redesignated (SSK-241), 18 February 1953; Recommissioned, 28 March 1953; Redesignated (SS-241) on 15 August 1959; Redesignated Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS-241) on 1 September 1962; Decommissioned, 13 September 1969; Struck from the Naval Register, 13 September 1969; Final Disposition, sunk as a target, July 1972. Bashaw received five battle stars for her World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

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, 5,400HP, Fuel Capacity, 97,140 gal., four General Electric main motors, 2,740HP, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin screws.
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Bashaw 222k Bashaw (SS-241) keel laying cachet,4 December 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Bashaw 210k Postal cover marking the launching of the Bashaw (SS-241) on 25 July, 1943 at Electric Boat. Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Bashaw 34k Postal cover marking the launching of the Bashaw (SS-241) on 25 July, 1943 at Electric Boat. Courtesy of Jack Truetle.
Bashaw 111k Postal cover marking the commissioning of the Bashaw (SS-241) on 25 October, 1943 at Electric Boat. Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Bashaw 802k Conning tower of the Bashaw (SS-241) alongside Euryale (AS-22), 9 August 1944. USN photo # 80-G- 264303 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com
Bashaw 830k Conning tower of the Bashaw (SS-241) alongside Euryale (AS-22), 9 August 1944. USN photo # 80-G- 264304 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com
Bashaw 767k Bashaw (SS-241) and an unidentified boat alongside Euryale (AS-22), 9 August 1944. USN photo # 80-G- 264305 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com
Bashaw 506k Bashaw (SS-241) passing in front of the oil terminal near Mare Island, taken 31 July 1945. USN photo # 5618-45, courtesy of John Hummel.
Bashaw 233k Amidships view looking aft at Mare Island on 1 August 1945, Bashaw (SS-241) shows final wartime radar & other modifications, all indicated: ST on her night (Type 4) periscope, SJ & SV search radars; and a whip radio antenna (for HF communication without fouling the sky arcs of her anti-aircraft guns).
She was in overhaul at the yard from 27 May to 13 August 1945.
U.S. Navy photo # 5701-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Partial text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
Bashaw 229k Amidships view forward at Mare Island on 1 August 1945, Bashaw (SS-241) shows final wartime radar & other modifications, all indicated: ST on her night (Type 4) periscope, SJ & SV search radars; and a whip radio antenna (for HF communication without fouling the sky arcs of her anti-aircraft guns).
The barge YF-198 is moored alongside her.
U.S. Navy photo # 5702-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Partial text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
Bashaw 563k Crew photo of the Bashaw (SS-241), September, 1945. The contributor's father, Jewell W. Webb is the CPO on the far right, second row in the photo. USN photo courtesy of William J. Webb.
Mare Island Causeway 461k 6 December 45 photo appeared in the 14 December 45 issue of the Mare Island newspaper lists the following subs present at the dockyard:
Unknown, Dragonet (SS-293), Guavina (SS-362), Sunfish (SS-281), Sargo (SS-188), Spearfish (SS-190), Saury (SS-189).
First two ships in second row appear to be: Bashaw (SS-241) and Mingo (SS-261).
Tiru (SS-416) is on the building ways on the left above the subs and surrounding by staging and cranes.
It is interesting to note that the boats have started the mothballing process, as evidenced by the preservative cocoons around the deck guns.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Partial text courtesy of David Johnston, USNR.
Tiru 308k Bow view of the Tiru (SS-416) under construction at Mare Island on 3 January 1946. Submarines in the background are decommissioned or will soon be: from front to rear are Bashaw (SS-241), Pampanito (SS-383), Mingo (SS-261), Gurnard (SS-254), Macabi (SS-375), Tunny (SS-282), Guavina (SS-362) and Sand Lance (SS-381). USN photo # 18-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet137kReserve fleet at Mare Island, circa January 1946. There are 52 submarines and 4 Sub Tenders in this photo. This photo is a Berthing list identifying the ships in the picture. Photo commemorating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet453kPhoto of the Reserve fleet at Mare Island, circa January 1946. There are 52 submarines and 4 Sub Tenders in this photo. Whether coincidental or on purpose, the number of boats in the photo is the same as that which were lost in WW II.
From back to front and left to right, first group of 12 boats:
Sandlance (SS-381)
Tunny (SS-282)
Aspro (SS-309)
Lionfish (SS-298)
Guvania (SS-362)
Sunfish (SS-281)
Macabi (SS-375)
Gurnard (SS-254)
Pampanito (SS-383)
Mingo (SS-261)
Guitarro (SS-363)
Bashaw (SS-241)
From back to front and left to right, second group of 12 boats:
Sealion (SS-315)
Hammerhead (SS-364)
Bream (SS-243)
Seahorse (SS-304)
Tinosa (SS-283)
Pintado (SS-387)
Mapiro (SS-376)
Pipefish (SS-388)
Moray (SS-300)
Batfish (SS-310)
Hackleback (SS-295)
Bluegill (SS-242)
From back to front and left to right, third group of 12 boats:
Hawkbill (SS-366)
Menhaden (SS-377)
Perch (SS-313)
Loggerhead (SS-374)
Barbero (SS-317)
Baya (SS-318)
Hardhead (SS-365)
Spadefish (SS-411)
Springer (SS-414)
Devilfish (SS-292)
Kraken (SS-370)
Dragonet (SS-293)
From back to front and left to right, fourth group of 12 boats:
Lamprey (SS-372)
Piranha (SS-389)
Manta (SS-299)
Pargo (SS-264)
Rancador (SS-301)
Archerfish (SS-311)
Mero (SS-378)
Sawfish (SS-276)
Spot (SS-413)
Lizardfish (SS-373)
Jallao (SS-368)
Icefish (SS-367)
From back to front and left to right, last group of 4 boats:
Steelhead (SS-280)
Puffer (SS-268)
Stickleback (SS-415)
Trepang (SS-412)
From back to front, Submarine Tenders group of 4 ships:
Pelias (AS-14)
Aegir (AS-23)
Euryale (AS-22)
Griffin (AS-13)
Photo commemorating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet 900k Inactivated submarines at Mare Island on 3 January 1946.
Front row left to right: Sand Lance (SS-381), next two could be Sealion (SS-315) and Seahorse (SS-304), Searaven (SS-196), Pampanito (SS-383), Gurnard (SS-254), Mingo (SS-261), Guitarro (SS-363), Bashaw (SS-241).
Back row left to right: Unknown, Tunny (SS-282), next three could be Sargo (SS-188), Spearfish (SS-190), and Saury (SS-189), Macabi (SS-375), Sunfish (SS-281), Guavina (SS-362), Lionfish (SS-298),Piranha (SS-389).
The Scabbardfish (SS-397) is docked in ARD-11 on the other side of the causeway.

The mixture of boats from the Salmon/Sargo, Gato, and Balao classes illustrate the clear differences in the conning tower fairwaters and the periscope shears that can be used to identify boats. The high bridges with the uncovered support frames (the "covered wagon" look) of the Gato's and Salmon/Sargo's contrast with the low and sleek look of the Balao's. The fatter, more robust periscope shears of the Balao's are markedly different from the thinner shears with more supporting structure of the Gato's and Salmon/Sargo's.
The differences in the pattern of the superstructure limber holes can also be used for identification purposes. The single row of large semi-circular holes identify Electric Boat or Manitowoc boats. A dual row of smaller rectangular holes mark the government built boats. Also note that the EB/Manitowoc boats have the deck mounted, T-shaped JP sonar head on the starboard side of the forward deck, while the government boats have it on the port side.
EB/Manitowoc boats had the anchor on the starboard side, the government boats on the port side. A close look will show that some of the boats have had the anchor removed and the hawsepipe plated over as part of the mothball process.
Most of the boats have the late war radar outfit of the SJ surface search (small dish) and SS air search (large dish). The Balao's and some of the Gato's have the SS dish mounted on a separate large mast aft of the periscopes. The older Salmon/Sargo's and Gato's have a much smaller mast. Searaven appears to have had her radars already removed.
Searaven is actually sporting a late war SJ surface search antennae mounted to starboard of the periscopes. This is a rare installation. Most often it was mounted forward (early war) or aft (late war) of the 'scopes shears. Her air search set is a late war SD antennae mounted on a stub mast directly aft of the 'scopes. Searaven never received the much more capable SS air search set. Having been assigned to training duties after November, 1944 it was probably felt that the SS set was not necessary.
One strange thing: almost all of the boats appear to have the outer doors of the forward torpedo tubes open. Even though the boats have an interlock system that prevents the breech and outer doors from being opened at the same time, this is an unusual thing to do and a potential source of catastrophic flooding.
U.S. Navy photo # 17-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Text courtesy of David Johnston, USNR.
Who Am I?289kInactivated submarines at Mare Island in early 1946.
Front row left to right: Sand Lance (SS-381), next two could be Sealion (SS-315) and Seahorse (SS-304), Searaven (SS-196), Pampanito (SS-383), Gurnard (SS-254), Mingo (SS-261), Guitarro (SS-363), Bashaw (SS-241).
Back row left to right: Unknown, Tunny (SS-282), next three could be Sargo (SS-188), Spearfish (SS-190), and Saury (SS-189), Macabi (SS-375), Sunfish (SS-281), Guavina (SS-362), Lionfish (SS-298),Piranha (SS-389).
The Scabbardfish (SS-397) is docked in ARD-11 on the other side of the causeway.
Tiru (SS-416) is on the ways in upper left hand side of photo. Two ferry boats (to the right of Tiru's ways) are YHB-2 / [ex-Post of Stockton] and YHB-21 / [ex-Tamalpais].
Photo i.d. courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Bashaw 34k Bashaw (SS-241) with a huge sonar dome on the bow entering Pearl Harbor, 1950. Courtesy of Grant Riddle / submarinebaseph.com.
Bashaw 115k LCDR R. S. Froude reads his orders as commanding officer on the newly re-commissioned Bashaw (SS-241) at Mare Island on 4 April 1951. Capt W. A. Lent, Commander of Pacific Reserve Fleet Mare Island is to the left. USN Photo # 8861-4-51, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Bashaw 215k Recommissioning of the Bashaw (SS-241) in San Francisco Bay, 28 March 1953 following her refit. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of San Francisco Examiner via David S. Smith.
Bashaw 111k Bashaw (SSK-241), with Bream (SSK-243),Segundo (SS-398), Razorback (SS-394), and Menhaden (SS-377), in San Diego Harbor, circa 1953. Courtesy of Phil Gulick, former 1st Amphib Recon Company member aboard the Perch (SS-313).
Bashaw 768k Bashaw (SS-241), March 1957 at Wellington harbour, New Zealand. Photo # FL9778795 courtesy of National Library of New Zealand via Stephen Gower.
Bashaw 165k Bashaw (SS-241) in San Francisco Bay for a Fleet Review, on 13 June 1957. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Unknown Photos 1.18k The table below lists the location of submarines at Mare Island on 20 September 1945. This information was pulled from microfiche copies of the hand written shipyard journals. Iím surprised that both the clipping and my table show 21 subs at the yard on the date in question. The photo is looking north and berth 3 is at the top of the photo and then the berths run down or south.
Berth 3 - Springer (SS-414) & Spadefish (SS-411)
Berth 4 - Guavina (SS-362) & Barbero (SS-317)
Berth 5 - Hammerhead (SS-364), Tinosa (SS-283), Mapiro (SS-376) & Moray (SS-300)
Berth 6 - Bream (SS-243), Seahorse (SS-304), Batfish (SS-310) & Aspro (SS-309)
Berth 7 - Pomfret (SS-391), Parche (SS-384) & Sunfish (SS-281)
Berth 8 - Queenfish (SS-393)
Berth 9 - Lionfish (SS-298) & Plaice (SS-390)
Dry Dock 1 - Bashaw (SS-241) & Mingo (SS-261)
Berth 12 - Guitarro (SS-363).
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Photo added 05/18/14.
Bashaw 47k Bashaw (SSK-241), underway off Pearl Harbor, HI, fall 1959. US Navy photo courtesy of Wesley C. Soderback, crewmember.
Bashaw 59k Bashaw (SSK-241), underway, date and place unknown. US Navy photo courtesy of George M. Arnold.
Bashaw 902k Bashaw (AGSS-241) as an AGSS, circa 1962. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Bashaw 165k Photo from the Evans (DE-1023) showing the Bronstein (DE-1037) in the Sea of Japan in April-May 1967. We were doing ASW drills with two subs (showing the flag in the area).
The fleet boat in this photo has an SSK conversion and is either Bashaw (SSK-241) or Bluegill (SSK-242). The rest of the SSK conversions Grouper (SSK-241), Angler (SSK-240), Bream (SSK-243), Cavalla (SSK-244), and Croaker (SSK-246) had either been decommissioned by this time, operated in the Atlantic, or in the case of the Bream were on the West Coast when the picture was taken.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo i.d. courtesy of David Decrevel, John Hart, Ric Hedman, John Hummel, & David Johnston, USNR.
Text i.d. courtesy of David Johnston, USNR.
Parche1.10kParche (SS-384) without her sail in the reserve fleet at Mare Island in December 1969; not only have the fairwater and shears been removed, but the whole conning tower! They planked over the space left by its removal, but you can still see the main air induction valve that is normally aft of the conning tower, and the gun access trunk that is normally forward of the conning tower.
The boat in the center is the Spinax (SSR-489). She has a unique sail configuration. The boat on the left could be the Bashaw (SS-241), but this is a guess. The decommissioned destroyer escort Jobb (DE-707) appears on her right.
USN photo # 95811-12-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Fred Willshaw & Dave Jonston (USNR).
Text courtesy of Dave Jonston (USNR).
Cusk652kDecommissioning ceremonies for the Picking (DD-685) at Reserve Fleet, Mare Island on 1 June 1970.
The submarines from left to right in the background are: Cusk (SSG-348), Rock (SS-274), Bashaw (SS-241), Spinax (SSR-489).
Photo i.d. courtesy of John Hummel.
USN photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Fred Willshaw & Darryl L. Baker.
MINSY430k Seven inactive submarines at Mare Island on 30 April 1971.
Left to right: Cusk (SS-348), Rock (SS-274), Bashaw (SS-241), Spinax (SSR-489), Pomodon (SS-486), Medregal (SS-480), and Diodon (SS-349).
Photo by Ted Stone and negative given to the shipyard in 1995.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.

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