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Clamagore (SS-343)

Radio Call Sign: November - Juliet - Delta - Uniform

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 16 March 1944, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 25 February 1945; Commissioned Clamagore (SS-343), 28 June 1945; Converted to a Guppy type submarine in 1948; Decommissioned, is 12 June 1973; Struck from the Naval Register, 12 June 1975; Final Disposition, Donated as Museum Ship at Patriot's Point, Charleston, South Carolina since 11 May 1981.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.) & Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,242 t.; Length 311' 9"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2kts; Operating Depth, 400 ft; Complement 6 Officers, 60 Enlisted; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 5"/25 deck gun, one 40mm gun, one 20mm gun, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four main generator engines., General Motors diesel engines, HP 5400, Fuel Capacity 118,000, four General Electric motors, HP 2,740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Clamagore423k Clamagore (SS-343) being launched at Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut. Miss Mary Jane Jacobs, daughter of Vice Admiral Randall Jacobs, USN, Chief of Naval Personnel, smashing bottle of champagne on bow. Clamagore serves as a museum ship at Patriot’s Point, Charleston, South Carolina. Photographed on 25 February 1945.U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-304906, now in the collections of the National Archives courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.
Clamagore26kCommemorative postal cover on the occasion of Clamagore's (SS-343) commissioning at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 28 June 1945.USN photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Clamagore42kStarboard photo of the Clamagore (SS-343) in 1946. She operated off Key West with various fleet units and with the Fleet Sonar School, voyaging on occasion to Cuba and the Virgin Islands until 5 December 1947, when she entered Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for modernization and installation of snorkel. USN photo courtesy of home.sc.rr.com. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Clamagore42kBow on view of the Clamagore (SS-343) pierside at Key West in 1946. USN photo courtesy of home.sc.rr.com.
Clamagore208k Clamagore (SS-343) entering Havana Harbor, circa 1947. U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Steven P Ireland, in memory of his father, Melvin L. Ireland QMC.
Photo added 09/18/16.
480, 343  & 34783kMedregal (SS-480), Clamagore (SS-343) & Cubera (SS-347), at Key West in 1948.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
343375kClamagore (SS-343) at sea on 8 February 1952.USN photo USN # 438066 courtesy of Thomas F. Walkowiak. & The Floating Drydock.
Clamagore229kClamagore (SS-343) sometime after her GUPPY conversion, circa post 1952.USN photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org.
Clamagore97kClamagore (SS-343) with step sail.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Clamagore80k Clamagore (SS-343) in Naples, Italy 1954 as viewed from the Norris (DD-859).Courtesy of Bill Paterson LTjg via Dave Cupples MM/2 Norris.
Clamagore205kLCDR. Joseph Henry Buescher was the commanding officer of the Clamagore (SS-343) from June 1954 to June 1956. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Thornback 651k Birds of a feather not all flocking together: Mackerel (SST-1), Thornback (SS-418), Clamagore (SS-343) & Chivo (SS-341) with the Howard Gilmore (AS-16) in the distance. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Clamagore62kClamagore (SS-343) sailing down the river to the sub base at New London CT, in one of her final configurations, with the shark fin arrays with the standard BQG-4 PUFFS system. This photo was taken in the 1960's timeframe. Text courtesy of DANFS & QM2(SS) David Johnston, USNR. USN photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Clamagore107kClamagore (SS-343), 15 Febrary 1967 off Puerto Rico. USN photo by PH3 Higgins.
Sub Ron 831k Sub Ron 8: Clamagore (SS-343),(front) Cobbler (SS-344) on her starboard side Corporal (SS-346) on her port side, Blenny (SS-324) bringing up the rear. Circa 1968-71, location unknown.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Sub Ron 8323k Sub Ron 8 from a different perspective: Corporal (SS-346) is on the port side of the diamond, Cobbler (SS-344) is on starboard side Clamagore (SS-343) up front and Blenny (SS-324) bringing up the rear, circa 1968-71, location unknown.Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Small624kOctober 1969 Bio for RADM Walter L. Small, USN. Per the bio he commanded Batfish (SS-310), Clamagore (SS-343), Van Valkenburgh (DD-656) and Sperry (AS-12).
The photo is of RADM Small addressing officer and men of SUBPAC during the change of command of SUBPAC on 10/13/70 aboard the Queenfish (SSN-651). Note Sailfish (SS-572) is in the background.
USN photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Clamagore630kThree faces of Clamagore (SS-343). USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Clamagore78kAn Acrylic painting by the artist Dante H. Bertoni entitled "Berthing the Newly Arrived Submarine Clamagore (SS-343), 1971. Painting # 88-161-AP.
Courtesy of the USNHC.
Clamagore20k Soviet Krupny class destroyer taken thru periscope of Clamagore (SS-343), date and location unknown.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Clamagore23kCommemorative postal cover marking the decommissioning of the Clamagore (SS-343), 27 June 1975.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Clamagore28kClamagore (SS-343) against pier, Tiru (SS-416), Blenny (SS-324) & Albacore (AGSS-569), circa late 1970's at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.Courtesy of John Hummel. Photo I.d. submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)
Clamagore365kThe Clamagore (SS-343) being brought to Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, Charleston, SC. 1981.Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Clamagore30kClamagore (SS-343) at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, Charleston, SC. 1989.Courtesy of Wendell McLaughlin.
Clamagore16kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Clamagore's (SS-343) 50th anniversary commissioning, 28 June 1995.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Clamagore43kClamagore (SS-343) at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, Charleston, SC. 2002.Courtesy of George M. Arnold.
Clamagore47kStern tubes of the Clamagore (SS-343) have lost their pristine shine after 62 years, April 2007.Courtesy of Robert Hall.
Clamagore42kClamagore (SS-343) at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, Charleston, SC. April 2007.Courtesy of Robert Hall via Fabio Peña.
Clamagore388kHow many Guppy Class submarines do you see underway these days.
On 24 January 2012 the Clamagore (SS-343) got underway with tug assist from her permanent berth at Patriots Point Maritime Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. Harbor Pilot Patrick Kennedy took these picture as he was passing on a inbound ship.
Text courtesy of Manning J. Harvey III, Senior Chief Quartermaster, Submarines, United States Navy.
Photo courtesy of Patrick Kennedy.
Clamagore2.49k Clamagore (SS-343) may meet her makers soon. A 6 photo PDF of the sub is shown here on June 2014.Photos courtesy of Denise Middleton.

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DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Clamagore SS-343, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, Charleston, SC
Clagmore Association
Guppy Submarines
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ

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