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|92k||Trachinotus carolinus, the Common Pompano which spawned the Pompano (SS-181) & Pompano (SS-491).||Photo courtesy of photolib.noaa.gov. via wikipedia.org.
||This air view of Portsmouth Navy Yard taken just after the end of WW II shows the main shipbuilding shed which enabled construction to continue unimpeded by the Maine winters. The shed was widened to add two ways in 1941, and a fifth was squeezed in a year later. Drydocks No. 1 (left) & 2 (far right) contain six fleet submarines, while three R-boats are moored in the foreground.
The Pompano (SS-491) would have been under construction in the first ways on the left hand corner of the main shipbuilding shed.
|Photo and partial text from The Fleet Submarine in the U.S. Navy: A Design and Construction History, by John D. Alden.
||Unfinished hulls and veteran fleet boats returned from the war share berthing space next to the emergency shipping basin (since rebuilt as Drydock No.3) in the back channel at Portsmouth. The ways of the former Franklin Shiphouse, where many early submarines were launched before the wooden structure burned in 1936, can still be seen in the upper left.
||Photo and text from The Fleet Submarine in the U.S. Navy: A Design and Construction History, by John D. Alden. |
Photo added 05/12/13.
||Volador (SS-490) under construction at Portsmouth, 31 January 1946.
I believe the Pompano (SS-491) would have been built on the adjacent way to her left.
|Courtesy of Leeward Publications Ships Data #4, USS Bowfin, submitted by Aryeh (Lee) Wetherhorn.
||145k||Her crew lining the deck, the Halibut (SS-232), slides down the launching ways at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME, 11:10 AM on 3 December 1941.|
The Pompano (SS-491) was started on the same way as the Halibut.
|USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
||Stern view of the keel of (SS-517), at Mare Island on 6 July 1944.
The Pompano's (SS-491) keel had been laid when construction was halted.
|USN photo # 4318-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
||Bow view of the keel of (SS-517), at Mare Island on 6 July 1944.
||USN photo # 4319-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
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