PDA

View Full Version : S-Boaters Only



RogerDodger1946
07-16-2007, 02:53 PM
United States S class submarine
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The United State's S-class submarines, often simply called the S-boats, were the first class of submarines built to a United States Navy design. (Note that many other navies had an "S class submarine")

The first S-boat, S-1 (SS-105), was commissioned in 1918 and the last, S-51 (SS-162), in 1925. The S class is subdivided into four groups of slightly different designs:

Group I, (the S-1 or "Holland" class): S-1 and S-18 through S-41, built by Bethlehem Steel at Quincy, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, California.

Group II, (the S-2 or "Lake" class): S-2 through S-17, built at the Portsmouth Navy Yard and Lake Torpedo Boat at Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Group III, (the S-42 class): S-42 through S-47, built by Bethlehem Steel at Quincy, Massachusetts.

Group IV, (the S-48 class): S-48 through S-51, built by Bethlehem Steel at Quincy, Massachusetts.

The United States Navy commissioned 48 S-Class submarines between 1920 and 1922. The first of the S-boats, S-1 was launched on 26 September 1918 at the Fore River Shipbuilding Company, which was acting as subcontractor for Electric Boat, but not commissioned until 5 June 1920.

These boats saw service in World War II in both the Atlantic and the Pacific.
Smaller and slower than many of the submarines produced for war service, these boats were used in reconnaissance and supply roles. The majority of the boats that survived war service were scrapped in 1946.

General characteristics

Group I

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb239/RogerDodger1946/USSS33SS138.jpg

Displacement: 854 tons surfaced; 1062 tons submerged
Length: 219 ft 3 in (67 m)
Propulsion: 2 x New London Ship and Engine diesels, 2 x Electro Dynamic,
Ridgeway, or General Electric motors
Power: 1200 hp (890 kW) surfaced; 1500 hp (1120 kW) submerged
Speed: 14.5 knots (27 km/h) surfaced; 11 knots (20 km/h) submerged
Range: 5000 miles (8000 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
Depth: 200 ft (61 m)
Armament: 4 x forward 21 in (533 mm) tubes, 12 torpedoes; 1 x 4 in (102 mm) 50 caliber gun, 1 x .50 caliber (12.7mm) machine gun
Crew: 42 officers and men
Boats in Group: S-1 and S-18 through S-41

Group II

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb239/RogerDodger1946/USSS8SS113.jpg

Displacement: 876 tons surfaced; 1092 tons submerged
Length: 231 ft (70 m)
Propulsion: 2 x M.A.N or Bush Selzer diesels, 2 x Westinghouse motors
Power: 2000 hp (1490 kW) surfaced; 1200 hp (890 kW) submerged
Speed: 15 knots surfaced; 11 knots (20 km/h) submerged
Range: 5000 miles (8000 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
Depth: 200 ft (61 m)
Armament: 4 x forward 21 in (533 mm) tubes, 12 torpedoes; 1 x 4 in (102 mm) 50 caliber gun, 1 x .50 caliber (12.7mm) machine gun
Crew: 42 officers and men
Boats in Group: S-2 through S-17

Group III

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb239/RogerDodger1946/USSS44SS155.jpg

Displacement: 906 tons surfaced; 1126 tons submerged
Length: 225 ft (69 m)
Propulsion: 2 x New London Ship & Engine diesels, 2 x Electro Dynamic motors
Power: 1200 hp (890 kW) surfaced; 1500 hp (1120 kW) submerged
Speed: 14.5 knots (27 km/h) surfaced; 11 knots (20 km/h) submerged
Range: 5000 miles (8000 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
Depth: 200 ft (61 m)
Armament: 4 x 21 in (533 mm) forward tubes, 12 torpedoes; 1 x 4 in (102 mm) 50 caliber gun, 1 x .50 caliber (12.7mm) machine gun
Crew: 42 officers and men
Boats in Group: S-42 through S-47

Group IV

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb239/RogerDodger1946/USSS50SS161.jpg

Displacement: 903 tons surfaced; 1230 tons submerged
Length: 265 ft (81 m)
Propulsion: 2 x Bush Selzer diesels, 2 x Ridgeway motors
Power: 1800 hp (1340 kW) surfaced; 1500 hp (1120 kW) submerged
Speed: 14.5 knots (27 km/h) surfaced; 11 knots (20 km/h) submerged
Range: 8000 miles (13000 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced
Depth: 200 ft (61 m)
Armament: 4 x forward 21 in (533 mm) tubes, 1 x aft, 14 torpedoes;
1 x 4 in (102 mm) 50 caliber gun, 1 x .50 caliber (12.7mm) machine gun
Crew: 42 officers and men
Boats in Group: S-48 through S-51

S-boat fates
All S-boats were scrapped after World War II except those listed below.

Lost at sea between wars
S-4 (SS-109) - later raised, recommissioned, and served for a further three years before being finally scrapped
S-5 (SS-110)
S-51 (SS-162)

Scrapped between World War I and World War II
S-2 (SS-106)
S-3 (SS-107)
S-6 (SS-111)
S-10 (SS-115)
S-19 (SS-124)
S-50 (SS-161)

Transferred to the Royal Navy during World War II
S-1 (SS-105)
S-21 (SS-126)
S-22 (SS-127)
S-24 (SS-129)
S-25 (SS-130)
S-29 (SS-134)

Lost during World War II
S-26 (SS-131) was destroyed in a collision
S-27 (SS-132), S-36 (SS-141), and S-39 (SS-144) were wrecked when they ran aground
S-28 (SS-133) was wrecked by a flooding casualty
S-44 (SS-155) was lost to enemy action
S-49 (SS-160) foundered and sank in the Patuxent River Note-stricken and sold in 1931 to Scrap company; reduced to hulk 1936; 1943 hulk reaquired by US NAVY for "experimental purposes".

Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_S_class_submarine

This page was last modified 02:37, 18 December 2006. All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License. (See Copyrights for details.)
Edited and pictures added by Roger Dodger 7/16/07
WikipediaŽ is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a US-registered 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit charity.

WilhelmSchulz.
07-16-2007, 04:25 PM
cool! Now if I ever run into one... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

geoffwessex
07-16-2007, 10:58 PM
Of the six listed above as having transferred to the RN during WW2, one was immediately transferred to the Polish Navy (based in the UK) and named Jastrzab, and later sunk by
"friendly fire"; two remained in US/Canadian waters for training, one was sent to Ceylon but didn't make it past South Africa, and two did training around the UK.

Realjambo
07-19-2007, 10:24 AM
Good thread RogerDodger1946, and thanks geoffwessex for your input too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

AbleMaster
07-19-2007, 12:10 PM
Interesting stuff thanks.