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USS Dolphin
USS Dolphin SS 169
Provencetown, Mass 1933
07-16-2014
T-Boats
USS AA-1 (T-1) Moored
Charleston Harbor April 1920
07-02-2014
N-Boats
USS N-7 Run Aground
New Jersey Shore 1920
06-26-2014
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USS K-8 Lahaina Roads
Territory Of Hawaii c 1916
06-12-2014
USS Sailfish SS 192
Sailfish Decommissioning
October 27, 1945


This page began as a photo essay about United States Submarines beginning with the year 1900 and working up to and through the year 1940. I had to draw the line some place so, the sub had to be in the water by December 31, 1940 for inclusion on these pages. The page has also turned out to be about the men who sailed these submarines. We do not know or remember most of these men's names you will see on these pages but I have tried to pull their faces out of the crowd. Where the mans' name is known I use it.

...young submariners captured in a photograph; looking into a lens extending into an unknown future --- captured in that forgotten moment.
I was struck by this statement pulled from another submarine related page called; Sweet Bird Of Youth

These sailors were the boys down the street, around the corner, out on the farms, the high school football heroes and, yes, even the geeks of their time, but they became one of the elite, one of that 1% that made the cut and became a United States Submariner. The best of the best of the United States Navy.

It is important to remember that the submarines were just steel and machinery. It was the men who brought them to life and made them live. It is the men that gave them the romance, the mystery and the mystique.

I have included a number of first person accounts on a some of the pages for a number of the boats of what life was like aboard an "S" or "R" or even a "K" boat. Also what it was like being bombed on Sealion at Cavite harbor in December 1941. All this is most valuable since the men who sailed these boats are rapidly making their own "eternal patrols". Preservation of these verbal images is important.

Sailors, rest your oar! Stand relieved, we have the watch. ...and Thank you!


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The Submarine Tradition

"There is something about the submarine service. It tends to create a bond between those who have served that is born of trust. Every submariner who ever put to sea and submerged has placed in the hands of another, their very lives. The bond is not one of close friendship, even though those do grow out of the time spent aboard a boat. It is one of mutual respect - blind to color, ethnicity, religion, nationality and gender. The bond is one of personal responsibility. Not everyone has it. Some don't even know what personal responsibility is. Submariners know what it is. It is their way of life. The trust and respect and sense of personal responsibility is.... "The Submarine Tradition...""

Jim Christley


This work has become a collaborative effort by virtue of its viewers offering me help, suggestions and images for publication on it. Correcting errors I may have not known about and offering explanations for things I didn't know. Thank you all.

I would like to especially thank Mr Roland Goodbody, Manuscripts Curator, Milne Special Collections & Archives at the University of New Hampshire Library and his staff and the University of New Hampshire for all their cooperation and kindness in helping me in this endeavor.

I would also like to thank Wendy Gulley, Curator of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum Library in Groton, Ct. for her kind indulgences in letting me use their archive.

All photos that are from the Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H. are their property and may not be reproduced without their permission.

Photos credited to the people who submitted them are their property and may not be copied or reproduced without their permission unless the original photos come from the public domain such as The National Archives or the United States Navy.

No images may be downloaded and used for commercial purposes.

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