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USS Saury SS 189

USS Saury SS 189 keel laying
USS Saury SS 189 keel laying June 28, 1937 at Electric Boat.
Workmen in center are doing the final positioning of the keel.

Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum
USS Saury SS 189 keel laying
USS Saury SS 189 keel laying June 28, 1937 at Electric Boat.
Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum
USS Saury SS 189 engineroom
USS Saury SS 189 engineroom looking Fwd.
Notice Water Tight Door opening just forward of the right hand engine.
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USS Saury SS 189 engineroom
USS Saury SS 189 engineroom looking Fwd.
The engineroom has been completed. Same view as the photo above.
Photo courtesy US Navy Submarine Force Museum
USS Saury SS 189 after torpedoroom
USS Saury SS 189 after Torpedoroom looking aft.
Notice the two round holes on the after bulkhead. Those are where the tubes will be placed.
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USS Saury SS 189 after torpedoroom
USS Saury SS 189 after Torpedoroom looking aft after a bit more work has been done.
Notice the tubes are now where the round holes were.
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USS Saury SS 189 on the ways.
USS Saury SS 189 on the ways.
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USS Saury SS 189 forward torpedo room.
USS Saury SS 189 forward torpedo room.
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USS Saury SS 189 forward torpedo room.
USS Saury SS 189 forward torpedo room.
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USS Saury SS 189 forward torpedo room.
USS Saury SS 189 forward torpedo room.
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USS Saury SS 189 control room.
USS Saury SS 189 control room looking starboard.
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USS Saury SS 189 control room valves.
USS Saury SS 189 control room valves.
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USS Saury SS 189 pre launch.
USS Saury SS 189 pre launch.
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USS Saury SS 189 pre taunch.
USS Saury SS 189 pre launch.
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USS Saury SS 189 Launch day Aug 29, 1938.
USS Saury SS 189 Launch day Aug 29, 1938.
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USS Saury SS 189 Launch day Aug 29, 1938.
USS Saury SS 189 Launch day Aug 29, 1938.
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USS Saury SS 189 Just launched Aug 29, 1938.
USS Saury SS 189 Just launched Aug 29, 1938.
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USS Saury SS 189 Just launched Aug 29, 1938.
USS Saury SS 189 Just launched Aug 29, 1938.
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USS Saury SS 189 Just launched Aug 29, 1938.
USS Saury SS 189 Just launched Aug 29, 1938 under tow.
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USS Saury SS 189 Just launched Aug 29, 1938.
USS Saury SS 189 Just launched Aug 29, 1938.
Two unidentified offices perhaps from Saury walking in front of the just launched submarine
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USS Saury SS 189 September 27, 1938.
USS Saury SS 189 September 27, 1938.
Work dockside.
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USS Saury SS 189
USS Saury SS 189

USS Saury SS 189
USS Saury SS 189.
Photo taken Feb 10, 1939 off Provencetown, Mass.

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The USS Saury S-8 SS 189 at the docks at Electric Boat at the conclusion of her sea trials and under going a minor refit to modify and correct noted discrepancies. On the deck in front of the conning tower fairwater is the mount for the .50 caliber Lewis Machine Gun. The main gun armament, one 3"/50 deck gun, is mounted aft of the conning tower fairwater. The loop on her deck is an early directional form of sonar.

US Navy Photo courtesy of Mike Mohl of NAVSOURCE


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The USS Saury S-8 SS 189 at the docks at Electric Boat at the conclusion of her sea trials and under going a minor refit to modify and correct noted discrepancies. The photo shows the mid process of changing the subs designation on her conning tower from S8 to 189. The S8 has been chipped off and the 189 number template has being applied to provide the locations for the placement for the weld marks for paint marks. Small dots of weld are applied as reference marks for future re-paintings of the numbers.

US Navy Photo courtesy of Mike Mohl of NAVSOURCE


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Another view. The USS Saury S-8 SS 189 at the docks at Electric Boat at the conclusion of her sea trials and under going a minor refit to modify and correct noted discrepancies. The photo shows the mid process of changing the subs designation on her conning tower from S8 to 189. The S8 has been chipped off and the 189 number template has being applied to provide the locations for the placement for the weld marks for paint marks. Small dots of weld are applied as reference marks for future re-paintings of the numbers. Note that you can see through the door openings in the fairwater and out the other side. The conning tower barrel is to the left of the doors and the main induction head valve is to the right.

US Navy Photo courtesy of Mike Mohl of NAVSOURCE


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The USS Saury S-8 SS 189 at the docks at Electric Boat at the conclusion of her sea trials and under going a minor refit to modify and correct noted discrepancies. The view is of the aft end of the conning tower fairwater looking forward. The after battery hatch is open leading down to crews berthing and messing areas. This hatch is a center-line hatch that was moved in later classes of subs to the starboard side to free up space on the interior. Note the benches at the aft of the fairwater. The peacetime navy allowed for such luxuries for the crew to relax while taking a break topside while on the surface. When war broke out these amenities were removed as unnecessary. Seen running around the sides of the fairwater are hooks for rigging a deck awning.

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The USS Saury S-8 SS 189 at the docks at Electric Boat at the conclusion of her sea trials and under going a minor refit to modify and correct noted discrepancies. The view is from the aft end of the "cigarette deck". In the foreground is the mount for the second .50 caliber Lewis Machine Gun. You are looking through the superstructure to the bridge platform, (the box with the holes in it), and to the interior of the topside helm station forward with all the round ports seen at the far end. Later in the war much of this superstructure was cut away to reduce the silhouette of the submarine while on the surface and to provide better and larger gun platforms for bigger guns for air and surface action.

US Navy Photo courtesy of Mike Mohl of NAVSOURCE


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The USS Saury S-8 SS 189 at the docks at Electric Boat. The view is looking aft from inside the shelter bridge area past the machine gun mount for the .50 caliber Lewis machine Gun. Benches can be seen for the crew to use while on the surface. Much of this to be later cut away as the war progressed. The background view is looking out the mouth of the Thames River, Groton on the left, New London on the right.

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The USS Saury S-8 SS 189 at the docks at Electric Boat. This view inside the "weather bridge" steering station looking forward from the raised bridge platform. On the left in the photo is the bridge Diving Alarm switch just above the bulge from the port running light housing. The helm in the center of the image surrounded by various navigation instruments such as the Gyro and Magnetic compasses, rudder angle indicator and probably a fathometer and speed indicator. Note that all the bridge ports can be opened to allow ventilation of the space.

US Navy Photo courtesy of Mike Mohl of NAVSOURCE


USS Saury SS 189
USS Saury SS 189.
Arriving in New York City, April 29, 1939 for the World's Fair.
Submarine is preparing to moor.
Line handlers with heavies are topside. Tug is alongside to assist.

USS Saury SS 189
USS Saury SS 189.
Man at bow is prepared to raise the Union Jack as the first line goes over.

USS Saury SS 189
USS Saury SS 189.
Line handlers with heavies are topside.

USS Saury SS 189
USS Saury SS 189.
Chief in charge of the foredeck.

USS Saury SS 189
USS Saury SS 189.
Officers on the bridge and line handlers with heavies.

USS Saury SS 189
USS Saury SS 189.
Crew and line handlers with heavies are topside. Looks like the first heavie has been tossed.
Man at the base of the flag pole is ready to strike the underway colors when the first line goes over.

USS Saury SS 189
USS Saury SS 189.
Line handlers had bent a heavie to the sternline in preperation to moor.
Man at flagpole aft is ready to raise the inport colors when the first line goes over to the dock.

A Saury victim.
A Saury victim photographed through her periscope on her second war patrol.
Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum
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