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Grampus (SS-523)

Radio Call Sign: November - Yankee - Kilo - India

Tench Class Submarine: Laid down, 8 February 1944, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.; Launched on 15 December 1944; Commissioned USS Grampus (SS-523), 26 October 1949; Decommissioned, and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 13 May 1972; Transferred (sold) under the Security Assistance Program to Brazil; renamed Rio Grande Do Sul; Final Disposition, Sold 18 June 1981 to Verlome Shipyard, Angra Dos Reis, Brazil.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)

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 single 20mm guns; two /30 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four main generator motors, Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, UP 5,400. Fuel Capacity, 113,510 gal., Elliot electric motors, HP 2,740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Amberjack & Grampus 214k Sections of the pressure hulls of Amberjack (SS-522) and Grampus (SS-523) under construction in the Structural Shop of the Boston Navy Yard ca. 1944. Note: The original print is a Navy copy print which did not include the bottom line of the caption. U.S. Navy photo from the National Park Service, Boston National Historical Park, cat. no. BOSTS-10259, courtesy of Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP,Charlestown Navy Yard.
Grampus166k Grampus (SS-523) commissioning, Pier 8, Boston Naval Shipyard, 26 October 1949. U.S. Navy photo from the National Park Service, Boston National Historical Park, Cat. No. BOSTS-11270, courtesy of Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard.
Photo added 10/28/13.
Grampus 525k Commissioning of the Grampus (SS-523), 26 October 1949 at the Boston Navy Yard. A.P. Wirephoto by Paul A. Queenan courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Grampus 293k Commissioning of the Grampus (SS-523), 26 October 1949 at the Boston Navy Yard. Photo courtesy of ussgrampus.com.
GUPPY 222k Broadside view of a cutout of a GUPPY design. Photo courtesy of ussgrampus.com.
GUPPY 182k Overhead view of a cutout of a GUPPY design. Photo courtesy of ussgrampus.com.
Grampus375kKEEPING SUB ON EVEN KEEL WHILE SUBMERGED (21 March 1951). A.P. Wirephoto courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Grampus 76k LCDR Eugene Columbus Barnhardt III was the Commanding Officer of the Grampus (SS-523) from October 1951 to January of 1954. Photo courtesy of the National Historical Center via Bill Gonyo.
Grampus 88k Portside view of the Grampus (SS-523) underway, 27 May 1953. USNI / USN Photo.
Grampus 112k Grampus (SS-523), underway, circa 1950's. Courtesy of George M. Arnold.
Grampus 300k Grampus (SS-523), underway, circa 1950's. USN photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Redfin139kRedfin (SS-272) with the Grampus (SS-523) and other subs alongside AS-18 Orion was taken between 1953-55. The "Nodding idiot" on Redfin was converted to the electronic version in 1956. The other 3 boats are from outboard in Migraine II Requin (SS-481) and Migraine I Burrfish (SS-312) and Tigrone (SS-419). The order of the last 2 might be reversed. Text contributed by Larry Derouin. Photographed and contributed by John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Grampus 88k Grampus (SS-523), coming into the Philadelphia Navy Yard for overhaul, circa early 1960. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Grampus 887k Grampus (SS-523) as seen from the Orion (AS-18)), circa 1960-61. Official US Navy photo courtesy of John Crawley.
Grampus 83k Grampus (SS-523) with a fiberglass deficiency at the Norfolk Navy Yard for overhaul, circa mid 1960's. The Redfin (SS-272) is behind her at the D&S Piers in Norfolk.Orion (AS-18) in background with other subs from Subron 6. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Grampus 758k Eight page PDF Welcome Aboard the Grampus (SS-523), circa mid 1960's. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Grampus 46k Starboard side view of the Grampus (SS-523), underway, circa mid-late 1960's. Courtesy of Ron Duffy, IC2(SS), Grampus (SS-523) 1966-68.
Grampus 314k Port side view of the Grampus (SS-523), underway, circa mid-late 1960's. Courtesy of Ron Duffy, IC2(SS), Grampus (SS-523) 1966-68.
Grampus 76k Starboard side view of the Grampus (SS-523), underway, circa mid-late 1960's. Notice a large dent in the superstructure aft of the engine outboards. That was caused by a practice ASROC missile that was supposed to go under us - but didn't! Photo & text courtesy of Ron Duffy, IC2(SS), Grampus (SS-523) 1966-68.
Rio Grande Do Sul (S-11)
Grampus 33k ex-Grampus (SS-523) as the Rio Grande Do Sul (S-11), underway probably off the coast of Brazil. Brazilian Navy photo by SRPM, via Josť Henrique Mendes, courtesy of naviosdeguerrabrasileiros.hpg.ig.com.br, & submitted by Valdo Novaes.
Grampus 34k ex-Grampus (SS-523) as the Rio Grande Do Sul (S-11), awaiting to be scrapped by Verolme Estaleiro, 18 June 1981. Brazilian Navy photo by Renato Gaschler via naviosdeguerrabrasileiros.hpg.ig.com.br, & submitted by Valdo Novaes.

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