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Wahoo (SS-516)

Radio Call Sign: November - Yankee - India - Tango

Tench Class Submarine: Laid down, May 15 1944, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.; Final Disposition, canceled 7 January 1946.

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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Wahoo 199k Honorary welders are shown during the keel laying ceremonies for Wahoo (SS-516), 15 May 1944. Honorary welders were G. DeLong, Fire Control Leading Man and C. C. Cuningham, Fire Control Foreman. USN photo # 2928-44, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo & Tiru 325k Stern view of the Wahoo (SS-516) is on the building ways to the right and the hull of the Tiru (SS-416) is on the left at Mare Island on 4 July 1944. USN photo # 4161-44, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo 234k Bow view of the Wahoo (SS-516) is on the building ways at Mare Island on 4 July 1944. USN photo # 4168-44, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Tiru & Wahoo 280k Bow view of the Tiru (SS-416) on the building ways at Mare Island on 4 July 1944. Several hull sections for the Wahoo (SS-516) are seen on the left. USN photo # 4166-44, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo 335k Stern view of Wahoo (SS-516) of the building ways at Mare Island on 2 January 1945. Tiru (SS-416) is on the ways to the left. USN photo # 147-45, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo, Tiru & 517 326k Bow view of Wahoo (SS-516) of the building ways at Mare Island on 2 January 1945. Tiru (SS-416) is on the ways to the right. The unnamed cancelled Tench class submarine (SS-517) lies on the ways to the left. She was canceled on 29 July 1944, along with 74 other Tench class boats on that date. USN photo # 148-45, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo & Tiru 352k Stern views of the Wahoo (SS-516) & Tiru (SS-416) under construction at Mare Island on 3 January 1946. Tiru is under construction to the left. USN photo # 19-46, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo, Tiru 216k Bow view of Wahoo (SS-516) under construction at Mare Island on 3 January 1946. Tiru (SS-416) is under construction to the right. The yard containing the unnamed cancelled Tench class submarine (SS-517) lies on the ways to the left and appears to have been cleaned up following her cancellation on 29 July 1944. USN photo # 20-46, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo, Tiru 594k Stern view of Wahoo (SS-516) under construction at Mare Island on 3 January 1946. Tiru (SS-416) is under construction to the left. USN photo # 21-46, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo 221k Officer quarters looking forward aboard the Wahoo (SS-516) is seen under construction at Mare Island on 25 January 1946. Work on her has been stopped as of the 7th of January, 1946. USN photo # 307-46, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo 245k Control room looking aft aboard the Wahoo (SS-516) is seen under construction at Mare Island on 25 January 1946. USN photo # 309-46, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo 268k Aft crew quarters aboard the Wahoo (SS-516) is seen under construction at Mare Island on 25 January 1946. USN photo # 312-46, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo 247k Forward engine room looking forward aboard the Wahoo (SS-516) is seen under construction at Mare Island on 25 January 1946. USN photo # 313-46, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo 229k Motor room looking aft aboard the Wahoo (SS-516) is seen under construction at Mare Island on 25 January 1946. USN photo # 318-46, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
SUBMARINES-MARE ISLAND 264k Seventeen U.S. WW II subs tied up off Mare Island, 9 February 1946. The last boat on the first row appears to be either the Gurnard (SS-254) or the Pargo (SS-264).
This photo show the same area of Mare Island not necessary the same boats. This is the North end of Mare Island in early 1946. All these vessels were at this time are part of the 19th Fleet. I not found any data on the 19th fleet to date. The boats of the ways to the left are Tiru (SS-416) with the Wahoo (SS-516) behind Tiru. The Tamalpasis (YHB-21) with the Port of Stockton (YHB-2) outboard.
International News Photo courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Tiru 189k Stern view of Tiru (SS-416) on the building ways at Mare Island on 3 January 1947. Note that the hull of Wahoo (SS-516) that was to the right of Tiru has been scrapped by this date. USN photo # 25-47, courtesy of Darryl Baker.

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