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William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company facilities, 15 March 1943. Cruisers visible in this photo:Far right - Miami (CL 89) - Furthest along; aft turrets and catapults in place.
Left of Miami is Astoria (CL 90) - she is about a month behind Miami.
Left of Astoria, in the large shipway, is Oklahoma City (CL 91) - a significant portion of hull has been built.
Left of Oklahoma City is Little Rock (CL 92) - Keel was just been laid on 6 March, which is visible under crane structure.
Note the 8 submarines in various stages of construction to the left of the Little Rock (4 per shipway). They are most likely from bottom right to left & bottom to top:
Dragonet (SS-293) bottom right, row 1,
Escolar (SS-294), bottom left row 2,
Devilfish (SS-292) top right, row 1,
Hackleback (SS-295) top left, row 2,
Lancetfish (SS-296) bottom left, row 3.
Ling (SS-297) bottom left, row 4,
Lionfish (SS-298) top left, row 3,
Manta (SS-299) top left, row 4.
|USN photo # 80-G-38403 via Tom Bateman courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.|
Photo added 01/16/18.
|500k||Inverse of the above.||USN photo # 80-G-38404 via Tom Bateman courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.|
Photo added 01/16/18.
|1.19k||Ding a Ling (SS-297).|
Mrs. E.J. Foy, sponsor of the boat, about to give her the ceremonial champagne kiss on the bow at Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 15 August 1943.
|U.S. Navy photograph # 80-G-207949 now in the collections of the National Archives courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|735k||Launching of Ling (SS-297) at Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 15 August 1943.|
Note her hull # is 552. The numbers on their side are undoubtedly an internal construction number used by Cramp. Simon Lake also used in-house numbers on his O & R class boats while they were still in his yard.
|Partial text i.d. courtesy of David Johnston (USNR).|
U.S. Navy photograph # 80-G-207950 now in the collections of the National Archives courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.
|236k||Operating orders for the Ling (SS-297) 19 April 1945 from Sec. of the Navy, James Forrestal.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|618k||Ling (SS-297) at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA., the day before her commissioning, 7 June 1945.||National Archives Identifier: 38329795|
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
|180k||Four page PDF Commissioning program for the Ling (SS-297) on 8 June 1945, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.||Photos courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)|
|159k||Ling (SS-297) is wearing a light camouflage paint scheme in this 6th July 1945 photo during sea trials.||USN Archives photo # 19-N-85741, courtesy of John Hummel.|
|81k||Ling (SS-297) looking forward of the torpedo tubes in the forward torpedo room. The door is open on the top right tube while a "fish" is half way loaded into the top left tube.||Photo and text courtesy of The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II, by Thomas F. Walkowiak. Photo by Robert F. Sumrall.|
|71k||The bow and stern planes control station of the Ling (SS-297). The large gauges on the panel are the depth gauges. The panel on the right is the "Christmas Tree" which tells which hull openings are shut or open.||Photo and text courtesy of The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II, by Thomas F. Walkowiak. Photo by Robert F. Sumrall.|
|58k||Looking forward towards the galley of the Ling (SS-297) in the crew's mess, which is located in the after battery compartment. Twenty four men can be fed at a sitting. The food is served family style.||Photo and text courtesy of The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II, by Thomas F. Walkowiak. Photo by Robert F. Sumrall.|
|76k||View of the after room engine of the Ling (SS-297). In the center is the starboard diesel engine.|
|805k||WINS DJ Murray The K (Murray Kaufman) poses for a portrait on the training submarine Ling (SS-297) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on 17 May 1962 in New York City, New York.||Photo by PoPsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images courtesy of gettyimages.com.|
|218k||Ling (AGSS-297) as training vessel for Naval Reserve Submarine Divisions 3-23 & 3-55, moored at the NYNS [Brooklyn Navy Yard].||Photo courtesy of Steve Atkatz submarinesailor.com via Robert Hurst.|
|175k||Ling (IXSS-297) on display at Hackensack, N.J. post 1972.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|343k||The Propulsion control cubicle of the Ling (SS-297) in the Maneuvering room, taken from the after torpedo room.||Courtesy of John Hummel.|
|400k||Bow plane wheel, and hydraulic manifold with christmas tree (indicator panel for hull openings, vents, flood valves) of the Ling (SS-297), 2005.||Courtesy of John Hummel.|
|333k||Taken from after corner of looking toward the helm...both periscopes can be seen.||Courtesy of John Hummel.|
|349k||Another view from aft looking toward the helm of the Ling (SS-297), 2005.||Courtesy of John Hummel.|
|402k||Taken from helm looking aft, 2005.||Courtesy of John Hummel.|
|272k||Broadside view of the Ling (SS-297) on display, 2005.||Courtesy of John Hummel.|
|365k||Ling's (SS-297) topside 4" 50 gun on display, 2005.||Courtesy of John Hummel.|
|309k||Ling's (SS-297) after battery berthing on display, 2009.||Courtesy of John Hummel.|
|316k||Ling's (SS-297) after engine room on display, 2009.||Courtesy of John Hummel.|
|918k||A Submarine Is Stuck in the Muck in Hackensack: Ling (SS-297) berthed along the Hackensack River.||Photo courtesy of Chang W. Lee/& Corey Kilgannon from The New York Times via Al Krause.|
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