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|28k||Tinca Tinca tench.||Courtesy of fishbase.org.|
|1.75k||From left to right: Miss Betty Jane Fischler, Maid of Honor, Mrs. Peter K. Fischler, Sponsor for Thornback (SS-418); Rear Admiral Thomas Withers, USN, Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, Sponsor, & Mrs. Tom C. Clark, Matron of Honor for Tench (SS-417) at twin launching at Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H. 7 July 1944.||Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Thornburg, LBJ Library and Museum A/V Archives Technician/Special Emphasis Program Manager.|
|1.77k||Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, Sponsor & Mrs. Tom C. Clark, Matron of Honor for Tench (SS-417) with the launching bottle prior to christening of the submarine at Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H. 7 July 1944.||Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Thornburg, LBJ Library and Museum A/V Archives Technician/Special Emphasis Program Manager.|
|1.65k||Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, Sponsor, Rear Admiral Thomas Withers, USN, & Mrs. Tom C. Clark, Matron of Honor for Tench (SS-417) at Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H. 7 July 1944.||Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Thornburg, LBJ Library and Museum A/V Archives Technician/Special Emphasis Program Manager.|
|768k||Lady Bird Johnson, future First Lady, posing immediately prior to the christening of the Tench (SS-417) at Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., 7 July 1944.||Photo & text courtesy of NARA, Record Hierarchy, Record Group 181: Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments, 1784 - 2000.|
|1.54k||Lady Bird Johnson christens the Tench (SS-417) at Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., 7 July 1944.|
|49k||Commemorative launching tag of the Tench (SS-417) at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 7 July 1944.||Photo courtesy of Ron Toth, Jr. via Tom Kermen.|
|143k||Invitation to the commissioning party of the Tench (SS-417) on 4 October 1944.||PDF courtesy of Ron Reeves.|
|174k||A measure of Tench (SS-417) in her original configuration.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|268k||Tench (SS-417) sports her WW II battleflag in harbor.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|258k||Three dimensional cutaway of the Tench (SS-417).||Photo courtesy of unlimiteddetails.com|
|137k||Tench (SS-417) cutaway.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|31k||Rear Admiral William Bernard “Barney” Sieglaff was a member of the Naval Academy graduating class of 1931 with a degree in Engineering. He also received a Master’s Degree from MIT in Naval Engineering prior to the war. On submarines during WWII he was the commanding officer of the Tautog (SS-199) from 28 November 1942 to 8 April 1944 and the Tench (SS-417) from 6 October 1944 to March 1945. His record in the Pacific gained him two Navy Crosses, three Silver Stars, and two Legions of Merit.||USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.|
|97k||Postcard cover dated 18 January 1951 signed by Lady Bird Johnson, sponsor (LBJ was at that time a congressman from Texas), and Cdr. William B. Sieglaff, USN, Tench's (SS-417) first commanding officer.||Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.|
|49k||Oil on canvas by the artist Jim Christley entitled "Night Run" shows a Guppy submarine similar to the Tench (SS-417). |
The deck was cleared of protrusions such as antenna supports and deck guns. The bow and superstructure were smoothed and a fairing built around the bridge and the support structure for the antennas and periscopes. A snorkel system was added to allow the boat to run on its diesel engines while submerged. Most of the time, however, the boats transited on the surface where their speed could be used to advantage.
|Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.|
|1.67k||PDF History & Welcome Aboard the Tench (SS-417).||PDF courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|93k||Tench's (SS-417) control room, 1953.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.|
|2.19k||Mumps" Hilburn Tench (SS-417) is rescued by a helicopter, circa early 1950's.||Photo courtesy of Anonymous.|
Photo added 03/17/16.
|46k||Tench (SS-417) underway after her GUPPY IA rebuild. ||USN photo courtesy of George M. Arnold.|
|54k||Tench (SS-417) underway, stern view.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.|
|269k||A cold weather Tench (SS-417) and crew.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|319k||Tench (SS-417) with the Newport News (CA-148) before 1962.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|31k||Tench (SS-417) on her way to the Arctic Circle, 1960.||USN photo courtesy of Arctic Submarine Laboratory.|
|2.05k||Tench (SS-417) at PNSY, 1963.||Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine 'Today', 29 November 1964 via Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)|
|813k||Tench (SS-417) underway in 1966.||Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.|
|281k|| During the summer of 1955, the submarine changed homeports, leaving SubRon 6 behind for duty with SubRon 2, based at New London, Conn. In addition to periodic fleet exercises, Tench (SS-417) served as a school ship for the Submarine School located at New London. That employment continued until October 1961 at which time she stood out of New London on her second deployment to the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean from which she returned early in 1962. Another extended period of duty with the Submarine School followed. That assignment was augmented by duty with various aviation and surface units in a series of antisubmarine warfare exercises. Early in April 1966, Tench broke that routine once again for a four-month cruise with the 6th Fleet. This appears to have been her third and last tour of duty in the Mediterranean. Upon completion of the deployment, she returned once again to her New London-based training operations which occupied the submarine for the remainder of her active career.
Tench is seen here at sub base New London, CT during the late 1960's.
|Text courtesy of DANFS.|
Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
|24k||Blenny (SS-324), in between the Tench (SS-417) (alongside pier)and Becuna (SS-319) at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. Boats are in for de-commissioning, 7 November 1969. |
This photo was taken at Pier "D" in the back channel of PNSY probably about the same time they are being prepared to be put on the marine railway which is on the left & out of the picture to be closed up.
|Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Text I.d. submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)
|144k||Becuna (SS-319), in drydock with the Tench (SS-417) in Phila., 1970. |
The Paint Shop X-71, and the Riggers X-72 are getting the boats ready for sandblasting in Drydock # 1. The sailors you see are from the INACSHIPS doing guard duty. You'll note the DH shelters forward of the conning towers painted yellow.
| Text I.d. submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)
Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
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