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Conger (SS-477) (AGSS-477)

Radio Call Sign: November - Yankee - Delta - Romeo

Tench Class Submarine: Laid down, 11 July 1944, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, on Seavey Island in Kittery, Maine. Launched, 17 October 1944; Commissioned USS Conger (SS-477), 14 February 1945; Reclassified, Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS-477) on 9 March 1962; Decommissioned, 29 July 1963; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1963; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 9 June 1964 to Peck Iron Co., Portsmouth, VA for $ 44,306.00. Removed 30 June 1964.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves (of blessed memory) & Yves Hubert.

As built to the specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,570 t., Submerged: 2,414 t.; Length 311' 8"; Beam 27' 4"; 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 7 Officers 69 Enlisted; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 5"/25 deck gun, two 20mm guns, two .30 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four Fairbanks Morse main generator engines, 5,400HP, Fuel Capacity, 113,510 gal., two Elliot Motor Co. main motors with 2,740HP, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.

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Conger291kThe Conger (SS-477) was sponsored by Mrs. Walter Christian Ploeser, wife of the Congressman from Missouri, 17 October 1944.
Anyone who has a photo of his wife is welcome to contribute it. I have found none on the net as of this date.
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Conger 636k Conger (SS-477) with lookout on the periscope shears, possibly during her trials. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Conger 532k Broadside view of the Conger (SS-477). USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Conger & Odax 688k The crew of the Conger (SS-477) aboard for Navy Day, 1945. The Odax (SS-484) is moored alongside. Photo courtesy of Jamie Stott.
Conger 190k Chief Petty Officers & crew of the Conger (SS-477) pose around one of the boats' two 20mm guns on Navy Day, 1945. Photo courtesy of Jamie Stott.
Conger 981k The crew of the Conger (SS-477) pose on Navy Day, 1945. Lieutenant Commander H. D. Sipple is the 6th in the first row. Photo courtesy of Jamie Stott.
Conger 914k The following 10 photo PDF show a torpedo being loaded aboard the Conger (SS-477). Two boats are alongside, one of them is the Runner (SS-476), circa 1945. In this photo the torpedo is being lifted aboard from a launch and will eventually enter the hold. Photos courtesy of Jamie Stott.
Conger 164k Cover sheet of the Conger's (SS-477) party, 20 June 1946. Photo courtesy of Jamie Stott.
Crevalle 268k Stern view of Crevalle (SS-291) at Balboa, C.Z. and other unidentified boats, among them the Conger (SS-477), sometime between late April - July 1946. She cruised to the Canal Zone and the Virgin Islands before being placed out of commission in reserve at New London 20 July 1946. Photo courtesy of Jamie Stott.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Conger 1.31k 3 photos for the price of one showing Conger (SS-477) underway in the postwar 40's. Photo courtesy of Steve Franklin.
Conger 1.39k 7 page PDF Welcome Aboard Conger (SS-477), 1947. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Conger 779k No. 1 & 2 tubes in the forward torpedo room of the Conger (SS-477), 1947. Photo courtesy of Jamie Stott.
Conger 642k Cotton Festival article describing visit of Conger (SS-477) to Memphis Tennessee in 1947 and subsequent story concerning the contributor's father, TM 2C Donald McAndie. Photo courtesy of Jamie Stott.
Insert photo courtesy of Christian Cline.
Conger 242k This photo might take place immediately before the following photo taken from the bridge area of the Conger (SS-477); several boats at berth at Cristobal, C.Z. & what looks to be from left to right are the Cutlass (SS-478), Runner (SS-476) & Amberjack (SS-522). Photo courtesy of Jamie Stott.
Cristobal, C.Z. 125k Several boats at berth at Cristobal, C.Z. Among the boats known to be based there in 1946-47, and what looks to be from left to right are the Conger (SS-477), Cutlass (SS-478), Runner (SS-476) & Amberjack (SS-522). Photo courtesy of Jim Carroll and submitted by Mike Keating.
Cristobal, C.Z. 125k Five boats at berth at Cristobal, C.Z., Balboa Sub Base. The Conger (SS-477) is the only identifiable boat here. Photo courtesy of Jim Carroll and submitted by Mike Keating.
Requin 284k President Harry S. Truman (center, wtih cane) during a tour of the submarine base at Key West, Florida on 28 February 1948, with Assistant Press Secretary Eben Ayers (left) and Captain Robert Dennison, Naval Aide to the President (right). Others are unidentified (as are the submarines). Source: USN Photo # 77-1955 & text courtesy of
Conger56kConger (SS-477) arrived at the Charleston S.C., shipyard on 27 August 1948. The Conger was the first submarine to be overhauled after the yard was designated a submarine overhaul yard in April, 1948.Courtesy of Robert Hall.
Conger 327k Conger (SS-477) in Havana Cuba in 1956 or 1957. Photo by Hubert Ward 1st class signalman. Photo courtesy of William Welch.
Gautier 86k LCDR. Robert Henry Gautier was the commanding officer of the Conger (SS-477) from December 1957 to April 1959. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Conger176kConger (AGSS-477) in March 1963, in Thames river off New London CT., going out for her 12,000 dive.Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Requin 528k Moored boat off New London at the time of the Thresher's (SSN-593) sinking. From right to left: Bream (SS-243), Hardhead (SS-365), Croaker (SSK-246) & Conger (SS-477). After this, the resolution becomes too fuzzy. Photo i.d. courtesy of David Johnston (USN, retired)
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