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|383k||Imagine that this is Mrs. Thomas B. Klakring christening the Roncador (SS-301) (because this is the closest I can come up with for a photo of such). |
18 September 1982: Bath, Me. - Beverly Bohen, sponsor and niece of Radm. Thomas B. Klakring, christens Klakring (FFG-42). John F. Sullivan, Jr., president of Bath Iron Works watches.
|U.S. Navy photo DN-SC-86-05666 by Bath Iron Works, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.|
Photo added 08/21/16.
|415k||Number 556 adorns the sides of the Roncador (SS-301) shortly before lauching at Cramp Shipbuilding Corp., Philadelphia, PA., 14 May 1944.|
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, & David Johnston (USNR).|
|20k||Roncador (SS-301), port side view, possibly at Cramp Shipbuilding Corp., Philadelphia, PA., circa 1944.||Courtesy of subnet.com|
|249k||Plankowners pose for Roncador's (SS-301) precommissioning photo, 20 March, 1945.
Her Commanding officer, Comdr. Earl R. Crawford, is either the 8th or 9th person in the second row.
|Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman,
Director of Education & Outreach,
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, &
On Eternal Patrol
|62k||Comdr. Earl Russell Crawford was the commanding officer of the Roncador (SS-301) on her commissioning day.||Photo from the Lucky Bag yearbook – Class of 1936 via Bill Gonyo.|
|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.|
|453k||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 Darryl Baker|
|132k||Roncador (SS-301), port side view, possibly circa post February 1960 when she was taken out of mothballs, placed in reserve, and assigned to Naval Reserve training duty in the 11th Naval District. Redesignated (AGSS-301), in December 1962, she continued that duty, at San Pedro, Calif., until 1 December 1971, at which time she was stricken from the Navy list.||Partial text courtesy of Chuck Senior & DANFS.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, &
On Eternal Patrol
|184k||Welcome Aboard / History PDF for the Roncador (SS-301).||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 08/21/16.
|70k||The center piece is the fairwater, main deck up, complete with scopes and radar antenna of the Roncador (SS-301), at Ballast Point, San Diego, CA.||Photo courtesy of Harvey Noble / ussvi.org.|
|248k||Tourists pose for a picture on the conning tower of the World War II submarine ex-Roncador (SS-301), on display in the San Diego area on 14 November 1988.||Official USN photo # DN-ST-89-01440 by PH1 Michael Flynn, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|151k||U.S. Navy Cmdr. Scott Swehla, the commanding officer of the Los Angeles class attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758), speaks during the ship's change of command ceremony at the Roncador (SS-301) on Naval Base Point Loma, Calif., 12 July 2007. Cmdr. Brodie Berkhout relieved Swehla as commanding officer during the ceremony.||Official USN photo # N-0946B-004 by MC1 Kristina Brockman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
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