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Argonaut (APS 1)
ex-Argonaut (SM 1)

Call sign:
Nan - Item - Charlie - Tare

ex-Argonaut (SS 166)
ex-V-4 (SF 7)

Sunk 10 January 1943

SF-7 Class Fleet Submarine/Argonaut Class Minelaying Submarine:

  • Laid down 1 May 1925 at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME
  • Launched 10 November 1927
  • Commissioned USS V-4 (SF 7), 2 April 1928
  • Renamed Argonaut 19 February 1931
  • Reclassified as a Minelaying Submarine, SM-1, 1 July 1931
  • Converted to a Transport Submarine at Mare Island Navy Yard in 1942
  • Reclassified APS-1, 22 September 1942
  • Sunk 10 January 1943 by Japanese aircraft (582d Kokutai) and destroyers Isokaze and Maikaze southeast of New Britain in the Solomon Sea
  • Struck from the Naval Register 26 February 1943.


  • Displacement 2, 710 t. (surface), 4,080 t. (submerged)
  • Length 381'
  • Beam 33' 10"
  • Draft 15' 4"
  • Speed 15 kts. (surface), 8 kts. (submerged)
  • Complement 89
  • Armament: Two 6"/53 mounts, two machine guns, four 21" torpedo tubes, and 60 mines
  • Propulsion: 3,175shp Busch-Sulzer diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Argonaut 390k 10 November 1927
    Portsmouth Navy Yard
    Launch day
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Boston Public Library
    Argonaut 294k
    Argonaut 323k
    Argonaut 208k 10 November 1927
    Portsmouth Navy Yard
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Argonaut 236k 10 November 1927
    Portsmouth Navy Yard
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Argonaut 526k 2 April 1928
    Portsmouth Navy Yard
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Argonaut 369k 20 November 1928
    Arrives at the Washington Navy Yard. Lieutenant Commander W.M. Quigley was her commanding officer during this time
    Libray of Congress photo LC-DIG-HEC-35178 by Harris & Ewing from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Argonaut 28k . Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WW II
    Argonaut 15k
    Argonaut 66k V-4 (SF-7) became Argonaut (SM-1) in 1931. She is shown here in peacetime gray, circa 1930. Note the 6-inch guns forward and aft of the conning tower, and what appear to be exercise torpedoes on deck just forward of mount one. Also note her alphanumeric "name," V-4, in white on a black rectangle on the tower structure, and repeated in black at the bow
    US Navy Photo NH 54425
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Argonaut 196k Argonaut, along with Nautilus, (SS-168) and Narwhal (SS-167), enjoyed the distinction of mounting the largest guns of any American submarine; here, Argonaut's men draw a crowd as they train out her forward 6-incher in the 1930's.
    US Navy Photo NH 62906
    Argonaut 331k From the book "Fighting Fleets 1943" by Critchell Rimington, Associate Member United States Naval Institute Tommy Trampp

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