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Tinosa (SS-283)

Radio Call Sign: November - India - Tango - Uniform

Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 21 February 1942, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 7 October 1942; Commissioned USS Tinosa (SS-283), 15 January 1943; Decommissioned, 23 June 1949; at San Francisco, CA.; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group; Recommissioned, 4 January 1952; Decommissioned, 2 December 1953; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1958; Final Disposition, used as an ASW target then scuttled off Hawaii in November 1960. Tinosa was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and earned nine battle stars for service during World War II.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,424 t.; Length 311' 10"; Beam 27' 4"; Draft 16' 10"; 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 Fairbanks Morse main generator diesel engines, HP 5400, Fuel Capacity, 116,000 gals., four General Electric main motors, HP 2740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin propellers.
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Wahoo, Whale & Tinosa 489k The Wahoo (SS-238) is ready for launching at Mare Island Navy Yard on 14 February 1942. The Whale (SS-239) is on the building ways on the left and a hull section for Tinosa (SS-283) is just visible on the lower left corner of the photo. Her keel would be laid on the same ways on 21 February 1942. The large building in the rear of the photo is the Naval Hospital. Note: RADM Richard O'Kane has autographed the photo in the upper left corner. USN photo # 764-42, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tinosa 435k Workmen are preparing the keel of the Tinosa (SS-283) for official laying on 21 February 1942 at Mare Island. USN photo # 918-42, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tinosa 36k An invitation and ticket for the launching of the Tinosa (SS-283) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 7 October 1942. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tinosa 74k Mrs. William E. Molloy christens the Tinosa (SS-283) at Vallejo, Calif., at the Mare Island Navy Yard on 7 October 1942. Over the next three years, she completed twelve war patrols in the Pacific and was credited with sinking 16 enemy ships, totaling 64,655 tons.
Text courtesy of DANFS. USN photo courtesy of subvetsofwwii.org.
Tinosa 80k Flags and bunting waving in the wake of her own breeze as she slides down south ways 3, the Tinosa (SS-283) is launched at Mare Island Navy Yard on 7 October 1942. Note the seawall on the right, the staffing shows between ways 3 & 4. USN photo courtesy of tinosa283.com. & Darryl L. Baker. Partial text courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tinosa 114k The Tinosa (SS-283) shortly after her launching at Mare Island Navy Yard on 7 October 1942. The tug YMT-13 (ex-YT117) stands by the Tinosa to assist. Note barrage balloons in the background. USN photo # 6162-42, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tinosa 325k Broadside view of the Tinosa (SS-283) off Mare Island on 5 March 1943. U.S. Navy Photo # 1677-43, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tinosa 119k The Tinosa (SS-283) is undergoing an inclining experiment at Mare Island after her refit on 27 Mar 1943. USN photo # 2097-43, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tinosa 62k A watercolor by the artist Dwight Clark Shepler entitled "Diving By Day" depicts the control room of a submarine. This can be reminiscent of the morning of 22 November 1943, when Tinosa (SS-283) made a wild climb to 250 feet then dove to 380 feet, before her crew regained control. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Diving By Day
Dwight Clark Shepler.
#81, Watercolor, 1943.
Courtesy of the USNHC, painting # 88-199-CE.
Fremantle 101k Busy pier scene at Fremantle Austraila, 19 December 1943. From left to right, stern view to the camera are the Bonefish (SS-223), Rasher (SS-269), Bowfin (SS-287), Bluefish (SS-222), Narwhal (SS-167) and the sub tender Pelias (AS-14).
Second row, bow view are the Cod (SS-224), Tinosa (SS-283) and Crevalle (SS-291).
I believe the only time that photo could have been taken was 19 December 1943. The Tinosa was in Fremantle only once, from 16 December 1943 to 10 January 1944. During that brief window, the Bonefish had not arrived until 19 December and the Rasher departed 19 December so that is the single date all three submarines were ever in Fremantle port at the same time.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Dan Goodell.
US Navy photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Spadefish 123k The Japanese 5,401-ton ore carrier Seinan Maru is sunk by the Tinosa (SS-283) on 22 January 1944 in Balabac Strait, 07-19N, 116-52E. 29 crewmen and 16 gunners are KIA. Photo & text courtesy of combinedfleet.com.
Tinosa 70k Starboard view of the Tinosa (SS-283) underway off Hawaii, circa 1944.
USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Tinosa 146k After refitting, Tinosa (SS-283) departed the Marshalls on 7 June 1944, bound for the East China Sea. On 18 June, she resorted to unusual tactics in attacking a three-masted 400-ton fishing sampan which had withstood her gunfire. Tinosa closed the enemy vessel, doused her with fuel oil, and set her ablaze by tossing flaming, oil-soaked rags on her deck. Shortly after dawn on 2 July, Japanese planes and patrol vessels forced Tinosa to go deep near Nagasaki and kept her down until dusk. The following day, the submarine sank two passenger-cargo ships in an attack on a convoy, adding Konsan Maru and Kamo Maru to her list of kills. Following this patrol, Tinosa reported to Hunters Point, Calif., on 7 August, for a much needed overhaul. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of wrecksite.eu via Tommy Trammp.
Spadefish 390k Hellcats get together one by one:
From inboard to outboard: Flying Fish (SS-229) & Spadefish (SS-411), July 1945.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Spadefish 269k Hellcats get together two plus one:
From inboard to outboard: Flying Fish (SS-229), Spadefish (SS-411) & with Bowfin (SS-287) approaching, July 1945.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Spadefish 298k Hellcats get together three plus one:
From inboard to outboard: Flying Fish (SS-229), Spadefish (SS-411), Bowfin (SS-287) with Tinosa (SS-283) approaching, July 1945.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Spadefish 241k Hellcats get together with one to go:
From inboard to outboard: Flying Fish (SS-229), Spadefish (SS-411), Bowfin (SS-287), Tinosa (SS-283) & Skate (SS-305) approaching, July 1945.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Spadefish 192k All together now:
From inboard to outboard: Flying Fish (SS-229), Spadefish (SS-411), Bowfin (SS-287), Tinosa (SS-283) & Skate (SS-305) July 1945.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Flying Fish 58k Flying Fish (SS-229), Spadefish (SS-411), Tinosa (SS-283), Bowfin (SS-287), and Skate (SS-305) as they appeared from a photo taken at the top of training tower at Sail 9 in 1945. US Navy photo courtesy of Grant Riddle & submarinebaseph.com from centerfold of Bowfin museum brochure.
Tinosa 57k Photo taken from the pier above the Spadefish (SS-411) as the Tinosa (SS-283), all decked out with flags flying from her mast, returns after her 11th patrol, arriving at Pearl Harbor on 4 July 1945. Text courtesy of DANFS. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org. & David Johnston (USNR).
Tinosa 290k Photo taken from the pier above the Spadefish (SS-411) as the Tinosa (SS-283), all decked out with flags flying from her mast, returns after her 11th patrol, arriving at Pearl Harbor on 4 July 1945. This shot appears to have been taken moments after the first. Text courtesy of DANFS. US Navy photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Crews 269k Crew get together;
From inboard to outboard: Flying Fish (SS-229), Spadefish (SS-411), Tinosa (SS-283) and Skate (SS-305), July 1945.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Tinosa 218k As was his tradition, Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, Jr., USN (Commander Submarine Force Pacific) (center) greets the Commanding Officer of Tinosa (SS-283) Commander R. C. Latham, USN (left) upon his homecoming from the 11th War Patrol to the Japanese home waters on 4 July 1945.
Comdr. Latham gives Admiral Lockwood the tally: four Japanese vessels sunk and a fifth severely damaged, as Commodore Merrill Comstock, USN (Chief of Staff) (right) looks on.
Official US Navy photo File #336207 from The Office of Public Information, Navy Department, Washington, D.C., courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Tinosa 79k Tinosa (SS-283), broadside view, circa 1943-45, location unknown. US Navy photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Tinosa 72k The (Good Luck) Pinup girl that hung in the Tinosa's (SS-283) Wardroom. She would receive a pat just prior to going to "Battle Stations." USN drawing by Jack Hinchey, text courtesy of tinosa283.com.
Tinosa 63k WW II Battleflag of the Tinosa (SS-283). USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Tinosa 126k Portside view of the Tinosa (SS-283), circa 1945. USN photo.
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.
Parche1.0mParche (SS-384) with YF-312 and S-30 (SS-135) outboard at Mare Island between 19 and 23 October 1945. The submarine to the left of Parche's sail is either Plaice (SS-390), Tinosa (SS-283) or Queenfish (SS-393). The Nereus (AS-17) is just visible left of the Parche's periscope shears.USN photo 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.
Tinosa 112k LCDR L. H. Butt reads his orders as he assume command of Tinosa (SS-283) at Mare Island on 4 January 1952. USN photo # 11434-1-52, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Decommissioning 245k Photo of the decommissioning ceremonies of Scabbardfish (SS-397) at Mare Island on 27 November 1953. Tinosa (SS-283) is inboard of Scabbardfish. US Navy Photo # 19449-11-53, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tinosa 47k Portside view of the Tinosa (SS-283), probably laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group, after she was decommissioned, 2 December 1953.
USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.

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Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ
HOME PAGE CREW 283, U.S.S. TINOSA, by Paul W. Wittmer.

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