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Lizardfish (SS-373)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Kilo - Foxtrot

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 14 March 1944, at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.; Launched, 16 July 1944; Commissioned USS Lizardfish (SS-373), 30 December 1944; Decommissioned, 24 June 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group; Recommissioned, 16 March 1959; Converted to a Fleet Snorkel Submarine at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Honolulu, HI.; Decommissioned, and transferred (loaned) to Italy, 9 January 1960; renamed Evangelista Torricelli (S-512); Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1976; Final Disposition, discarded by the Italian Navy in 1976, fate unknown. Lizardfish received one battle star for World War II service.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,424 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 54 Enlisted; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 5"/25 deck gun, one 40mm, one 20mm, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four General Motors main generator diesel engines, 5,400 hp, Fuel Capacity, 116,000 gals., four General Electric main motors with 2,740 hp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Lizardfish 151k The crew of the Lizardfish (SS-373) pose at the boat works in Manitwoc during their training period from early 43 until the boat was launched 16 July 1944. Photo courtesy Lizardfish (SS-373) plankowner Walter H. Mead via his son, Scott Mead.
Lizardfish187kInsignia of the Lizardfish (SS-373) designed for the submarine by Ray Young, circa 1944.
Photo by Ray Young, courtesy of his son, William Young.
372, 373 & 37765kLamprey (SS-372),under construction, left hand side in the water, at the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI., April-May, 1944. The crane is holding a subsection of the Menhaden (SS-377) and the Lizzardfish (SS-373) is on the building ways on the right.
Editors Note: There are over 200 images submitted on these pages covering the following submarines that were constructed at the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co, Manitowoc, WI,: SS-265 through SS-274, and SS-361 through SS-380.
None of them would have seen the light of day if it were not for the efforts of Curator, Asst. Director, Bill Thiesen of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and Larry Bohn, who sent them to NavSource for publication.
A special debt of gratitude is owed to these two men and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245) for allowing these photographs to be seen by the lovers of naval history worldwide.
Lizardfish41kLizardfish (SS-373), being launched at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI., 16 July 1944.Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245)
Manitowoc55k Watercolor print by the artist Tom Denton of the side launching of a Manitowoc built boat. Courtesy of submarineart.com
Lizardfish38kLizardfish (SS-373), about to hit the water with a splash at her launching at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI., 16 July 1944.Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245)
Lizardfish33kLizardfish (SS-373), at an even keel following her launching at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI., 16 July 1944.Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245)
Lizardfish91kLizardfish (SS-373), starboard view, during sea trials on Lake Michigan, July 1944.Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245)
Lizardfish31kLizardfish (SS-373), starboard view, during sea trials on Lake Michigan, July 1944Photo by Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
Submitted by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, home of the Cobia (SS-245)
Harry Berns485kPhoto of Harry Berns, Official photographer of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI.
The photo of the Golet (SS-361) encased in snow appears on the wall above him on the upper right.
His obituary appears here.
Photo courtesy of Susan Menk, Archives Assistant, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Dee Anna Grimsrud,Reference Archivist, Wisconsin Historical Society, Steve Khail, CBC, Director of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. & William Young.
Lizardfish 74k Lizardfish (SS-373) crewmember Walter H. Mead poses next to the emblem of the boat's namesake. Photo courtesy Lizardfish (SS-373) plankowner Walter H. Mead via his son, Scott Mead.
Lizardfish 28k Captain Ovid M. Butler of the Lizardfish (SS-373) ascending the bow. Photo courtesy Lizardfish (SS-373) plankowner Walter H. Mead via his son, Scott Mead.
Lizardfish and friends 85k L X 3: Lizardfish (SS-373), Loggerhead (SS-374) & Lamprey (SS-372) The Lizardfish arrived Subic Bay, Philippines, 6 August and was there when Japan capitulated 9 days later. Text courtesy of DANFS. Photo courtesy Lizardfish (SS-373) plankowner Walter H. Mead via his son, Scott Mead.
Lizardfish121kHer days and hull numbered. At Eureka, Calif., 24 October for Navy Day celebrations, Lizardfish (SS-373) 3 days later tied-up at Tiburon, Calif., remaining there until 2 January 1946 when she got underway to act as schoolship for the Sonar School at San Diego, Calif. She completed her training services 5 March and reported for inactivation at San Francisco. After operations off the California coast, she decommissioned, and entered the Pacific Reserve fleet Mare Island Navy Yard, 24 June 1946. Text courtesy of DANFS. Photo courtesy Lizardfish (SS-373) plankowner Walter H. Mead via his son, Scott Mead.
Lizardfish and friends 40k Sperry (AS-12),
Tilefish (SS-307),
Brill (SS-330),
Trepang (SS-412),
Jallao (SS-368),
Spot(SS-413), and Lizardfish (SS-373), late 1945 - early 46.
Courtesy of John Hummel.
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 Fleet2.80kPhoto 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 James P. Marion, III.
Reserve 1.12k Hackleback (SS-295), Trepang (SS-412) and Lizardfish (SS-373) in reserve at Mare Island in May 1953. Photo courtesy of the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 12/15/13.
Lizardfish 84k Lizardfish (SS-373) following her conversion to a Fleet Snorkel Submarine, late 50's. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Evangelista Torricelli (S-512)
Lizardfish 352k Front cover of the Transfer ceremony for the Evangelista Torricelli (S-512), ex-Lizardfish (SS-373) at Pearl Harbor, 9 January 1960. Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Lizardfish 484k Pages 2 & 3 of the Transfer ceremony for the Evangelista Torricelli (S-512), ex-Lizardfish (SS-373) at Pearl Harbor, 9 January 1960. History of the boat and her new CO.Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Lizardfish 356k Page 4 & 5 of the Transfer ceremony for the Evangelista Torricelli (S-512), ex-Lizardfish (SS-373) at Pearl Harbor, 9 January 1960. Details, etc.Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Lizardfish 470k Page 6 & 7 of the Transfer ceremony for the Evangelista Torricelli (S-512), ex-Lizardfish (SS-373) at Pearl Harbor, 9 January 1960. New crewmembers names.Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Lizardfish 121k Transfer ceremony on the deck of the ex-Lizardfish (SS-373) after being transferred (loaned) to Italy, 9 January 1960 and renamed Evangelista Torricelli (S-512). USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Lizardfish 151k Italian crewmembers of the ex-Lizardfish (SS-373) near the 5/25 inch deck gun after being transferred (loaned) to Italy, 9 January 1960 and renamed Evangelista Torricelli (S-512). USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Lizardfish 56k Starboard side view of the Evangelista Torricelli (S-512) underway, circa 1960. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Lizardfish 384k Alfredo Cappellini (S-507), ex-Capitaine (SS-336) is inboard of the Evangelista Torricelli (S-512) at La Spezia, Italy, 26-08-69. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
Lizardfish 430k Enrico Tazzoli (S-511), ex-Barb (SS-220) is inboard of the Evangelista Torricelli (S-512) at La Spezia, Italy, 25-08-68. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
Italian boats228kFive Italian boats at Naples in 1968. From top to bottom:
Pietro Calvi (S-503), a former boat of WWII vintage Italian built,
Alfredo Cappellini (S-507), ex-Capitaine (SS-336),
Francesco Morosini (S-508), ex-Besugo (SS-321),
Leonardo Da Vinci (S-510), ex-Dace (SS-247), &
Evangelista Torricelli (S-512), ex-Lizardfish (SS-373).
Photo courtesy of Maurizio Brescia Collection.
Lizardfish 287k Submarine Evangelista Torricelli (S-512) & the former Nicholson (DD-442) at La Spezia, Italy on 22 May 1975. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli via Bill Gonyo.
Lizardfish 218k Submarine Evangelista Torricelli (S-512) at La Spezia, circa 1977, awaitng breaking up. Photo courtesy of Maurizio Brescia Collection.

View the Lizardfish (SS-373)
DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ
Manitowoc Built Submarines

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