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Original Pogy Logo on left was drawn by crew member Hollis Larsen on the 5th patrol and taken home by the skipper to Calif. where Disney saw it and asked permission to use it, contributed by Dallas Dolan.
Patch in middle by Walt Disney & contributed by Rodney Wells, CMDCM(SS/SW)(USN Ret.). Patch on right contributed by Mike Smolinski.

Pogy (SS-266)

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Juliet - Delta

Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 15 September 1941, at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.; Launched, 23 June 1942; Commissioned USS Pogy (SS-266), 10 January 1943 for barge trip down the Mississippi (only she and Peto SS-265 were decommissioned this way in wartime); Recommissioned 12 February 1943; Decommissioned, 20 July 1946, at New London, CT.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1958; Final Disposition,sold for scrapping, 1 May 1959 to Luria brothers, Phila., PA for $ 57,720.00 Removed 17 July 1959, and scrapped in the Torresdale section of the city by Northern Metals Corp.Pogy received eight battle stars for service in World War II.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)& 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, 116,000 gal., four General Electric main motors, 2,740HP, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin screws.
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Pogy102kThe first section of the Pogy (SS-266) arriving at her berthing place on the building ways, 15 September 1941. Note: The "Speed Cranes" were designed and built by the shipyard specifically to handle the Submarine Sections. At the time they were about the biggest capacity crawler cranes built. The design later became the standard 3900 model produced by Manitowoc Co. and was one of their most popular models until superseded by heavier models. The Manitowoc River is in the background.
Editors Note: There are over 200 images submitted on these pages covering the following submarines that were constructed at the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co, Manitowoc, WI,: SS-265 through SS-274, and SS-361 through SS-380.
None of them would have seen the light of day if it were not for the efforts of former Curator, Asst. Director, Bill Thiesen of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Larry Bohn, Caitlin Clyne, Rolf Johnson & Susan Menk who sent them to NavSource for publication.
A special debt of gratitude is owed to them and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245) for allowing these photographs to be seen by the lovers of naval history worldwide.
Pogy118kCrane hooking a section of the Pogy (SS-266) into place on the building ways, 15 September 1941. Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245).
Pogy117kCrane loading a section of the Pogy (SS-266) into place on the building ways, 15 September 1941. Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245).
Pogy124kHull sections of the Pogy (SS-266), September 21, 1941. The nearest section is still rightside up while the welding that can be done easiest in that position is completed. The rest of the sections are upside down while the rest of the welding is completed.Text and photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245).
Pogy86kForward end of the Pogy (SS-266), 25 January 1942. The building where the sub sections were fitted together is not the building ways but is the spot where the sections are welded up before removing them to the building ways. The sections are upside down in the building and are turned right side up before taking outside. Note: Next to her is the self unloader Charles C. West , the only twin screw self unloader on the Great Lakes, named after the owner of the shipyard. The reason that she is there alongside the building ways was to hide what was going on from possible prying eyes. Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245) .
Pogy142kPort side aft view of the Pogy (SS-266) on the building ways, 17 May 1942.Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245).
Sponsor269kMrs. Julius Furer, Sponsor of Pogy (SS-266), Hull #314, on 23 June 1942.Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Susan Menk, Archives Assistant, Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
This photo, # 2001-1-1635, can be ordered (without the watermark) from the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.
Photo added 02/03/14.
Pogy99kPogy (SS-266) launching sponsors at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI., 23 June 1942. C.C. West, President of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., is seated second from the left next to the Pogy's sponsor, (holding flowers) Mrs. J.A. Furer, wife of the Rear Admiral, Office of the Secretary of the Navy, who is seated to her right. The sponsor of the Rasher (SS-269), Mrs. G.C. Weaver, wife of Cmdr G.C. Weaver, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, is standing 4th from the right, directly behind Mrs. J.A. Furer. Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245).
Pogy96kStern view of the Pogy (SS-266), all wrapped in bunting, 23 June 1942, on her launching day.Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245).
Pogy49k Pogy (SS-266), about to be launched at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI., 23 June 1942.Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245).
Pogy331k1,500 plus tons of submarine goes splashing into the waters of the Manitowoc River with the launching of Pogy (SS-266), at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI., 23 June 1942.Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI., courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Manitowoc55k Watercolor print by the artist Tom Denton of the side launching of a Manitowoc built boat. Courtesy of submarineart.com
Pogy79k First day cover marking the launching of the Pogy (SS-266), at Manitowoc Shipbuilding on 23 June 1942. Photo courtesy of The Vallejo Naval Historical Museum, submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Pogy133kA colored print of the WWII era Pogy (SS-266), with her nuclear powered namesake Pogy (SSN-647). Photo courtesy of The Vallejo Naval Historical Museum, submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Pogy & Ray96kPogy (SS-266) on the Manitowoc River fitting out, 26 July 1942. On the blocks alongside Pogy is section H of Ray (SS-271). The white tubes sticking way up in the air above Pogy are wind socks to direct cool-fresh air down into the sub for cooler conditions during the July heat. Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245).
Pogy45k Pogy (SS-266), commissioning emblem, 10 January 1943.Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245).
Pogy100k Pogy (SS-266), shortly before being commissioning, 12 February 1943, at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245).
Harry Berns485kPhoto of Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
The photo of the Golet (SS-361) encased in snow appears on the wall above him on the upper right.
His obituary appears here.
Photo courtesy of Susan Menk, Archives Assistant, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Dee Anna Grimsrud,Reference Archivist, Wisconsin Historical Society, Steve Khail, CBC, Director of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. & William Young.
Pogy187k Pogy (SS-266), underway, possibly on the Great Lakes, circa 1943.USN Photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Pogy149k Stern view of the Pogy (SS-266), June 1944 off Hunter's Point, San Francisco, Calif. USN Photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Pogy321kPlan view aft of the Pogy (SS-266), 21 June 1944 off Hunter's Point, San Francisco, Calif.
She departed Pearl Harbor 1 June for a West Coast navy yard overhaul, arriving at Hunter's Point, San Francisco, Calif. 8 June. Pogy departed for Pearl Harbor 17 September.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Pogy185kPlan view forward of the Pogy (SS-266), 21 June 1944 off Hunter's Point, San Francisco, Calif. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Pogy87kClose-up detail of the shears of the Pogy (SS-266), in August 1944. This photo shows the arrangement of the "SJ" radar forward of the scopes which was the practice with the Gato class (SS-212/284) at the this time. When the new "SD" mast housing was installed aft of the shears, the "SJ" was moved to to where the "SD" is now. USN Archives Photo # 19-N-80888, courtesy of The Floating Drydock, "Fleet Subs of WW II", by Thomas F. Walkowiak.
Pogy53kWW II battleflag of the Pogy (SS-266). Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Pogy321kPost war Pogy (SS-266) being escorted up the Thames River by two tugs. She was placed out of commission in the U.S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet 20 July 1946 at New London, Conn. She was struck from the Navy List 1 September 1958 and sold 1 May 1959.Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.

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