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|37k||Green moray Gymnothorax funebris.||Photo by Carleton Ray, courtesy of answers.com.|
|57k||Preparing the Moray (SS-300) for launch at the head of the ways, 14 May 1944 at Cramp Shipbuilding Corp., Philadelphia, PA.||Courtesy of Harry Kholer, son of Harry F Kholer, EM1c, Plankowner USS Moray SS-300.|
|472k||A tip of the hats from deck personnel aboard the Moray (SS-300), numbered 555 on her hull, moments before the boat starts down the ways, 14 May 1944 at Cramp Shipbuilding Corp., Philadelphia, PA. |
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.
In the case of Cramp, the use of these numbers appears to be limited. Not all of the launch photos for their boats show the numbers. Being a late comer in the sub construction business, Cramp had tremendous problems in hiring skilled workers. Most of the good ones had already been hired by other firms in the rapidly expanding war economy. Putting these numbers on these boats may have been a way of keeping things from getting mixed up.
This was a very rare occurrence. To my knowledge, none of the other building yards (EB, Ports, MI, Man, or Boston) placed internal hull numbers on the boats during the war. I think it was just easier to use the hull number that was assigned by the Navy.
|International News photo courtesy of David Buell. Photo I.d. & text courtesy of John Hart, Ric Hedman, & Dave Johnston (USNR)|
|61k|| Bedecked with signal flags and bunting, the Moray (SS-300) slides down the ways into the Deleware River, 14 May 1944 at Cramp Shipbuilding Corp., Philadelphia, PA. |
The inscription on the border of the photo says ""Best Regards" Fitz (Thomas A. F. Fitzpatrick, Principal Inspector) F.L. Barrows ( CO) J.R. Zullinger (XO) R.F. Stroup (LT) & R.E.M. Conwell (LT)".
|Courtesy of Harry Kholer, son of Harry F Kholer, EM1c, Plankowner USS Moray SS-300.|
|31k||Moray (SS-300) is waterborne on the Deleware River, 14 May 1944 after her launching at Cramp Shipbuilding Corp., Philadelphia, PA.||Courtesy of Harry Kholer, son of Harry F Kholer, EM1c, Plankowner USS Moray SS-300.|
|18k||Battle Emblem of the Moray (SS-300), designed by Phyllis Kholer Longley, 4 November 1944.||Courtesy of Harry Kholer, son of Harry F Kholer, EM1c, Plankowner USS Moray SS-300.|
|56k||Port side view of the Moray (SS-300), fitting out in Philadelphia shortly after her launch, 1944.||Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|266k||Officers salute as the colors are lowered on Batfish (SS-310) at the end of her decomissioning ceremony at Mare Island on 16 April 1946. Moray (SS-300), is to the left; incomplete destroyer escorts Ely (DE-309) and D. W. Halsey (DE-310) are forward await scrapping; Euryal (AS-22) and Pelias (AS-14) are to the right.||USN photo # 1504-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|197k||The submarine tender Griffin (AS-13), at Midway with three of her charges between 26 August and 1 September 1945 The three boats are not identified, but boats at Midway at that time included Piranha (SS-389), Lionfish (SS-298), Moray (SS-300), Devilfish (SS-292),and Hackleback (SS-295).|
The outboard boat is an EB boat, but none of the above boats are EB boats, all Cramp or Portsmouth-built, so they are unidentified for now.
|USN photo from the collection of CWO 4 Benton E. Buell, USN, courtesy of David Buell.|
|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. I'm 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 (of blessed memory).
|137k||Reserve 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.|
|2.80k||Photo 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:
From back to front and left to right, second group of 12 boats:
From back to front and left to right, third group of 12 boats:
From back to front and left to right, fourth group of 12 boats:
From back to front and left to right, last group of 4 boats:
From back to front, Submarine Tenders group of 4 ships:
|Photo commemorating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of James P. Marion, III.|
|368k||Post war predator photo of Piranha (SS-389), Moray (SS-300), Mapiro (SS-376), Baya (SS-318) & Jallao (SS-368).||USN photo courtesy of subasepearl.com. via Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|239k||Moray (SS-300) & Grayback (SSG-574) at Mare Island, 1966.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
Photo added 04/15/16.
|169k||Moray (SS-300) in color as she sinks.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
Photo added 04/15/16.
|841k||3D point cloud of ex-Moray (SS-300). The image shows Moray resting on her starboard side on a gradual slope at San Clemente Island, CA. Maximum depth at the stern is 200 ft. Data from 2002 multibeam sonar survey conducted by USNS John McDonnell.||Multibeam sonar data provided by the US Navy.
Image rendered by Gary Fabian ub88.org.
Embedded photo by John Walker.
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