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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.|
|401k||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.|
|531k||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.|
|1.21k||Photos are labeled Pompano (SS-491) coming into harbor at probably Pearl Harbor to leave a Jap prisoner. |
These photos can not possibly be of Pompano (SS-491), as that boat didn't even exist! Construction of that boat started on 16 July 1945 at Portsmouth, but was canceled and broken up on the ways on 12 August 1945, with not much more than the keel laid down. However, this boat is the Pompano, but actually the Pompano (SS-181)! All of the details of the boat match that of the first Pompano and these pictures were taken in Pearl Harbor on 18 June 1942 at the close of her 2nd war patrol. The prisoner was rescued from a small inter-island steamer that she had sank with gunfire.
The fact that the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics screwed up the ID of this picture so badly is an abject lesson of never trusting captions, even ones from trusted sources. If something doesn't look right, question it and do the research to get the truth.
The really interesting part of this is that the pictures were received at the Bureau in October 1945, over two years after the boat was lost. Where were these pictures in the interim?
|Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).|
Photos # 80-G-345610 / 345615 & / 80-G-345611 & 345616, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Photo added 04/28/16.
||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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