US Submarines ~ Pre WWI Submarines ~ WWI Submarines ~ Post WWI Submarines ~ 1920's Submarines ~ 1930's Submarines ~ Submarines in 1940
A - F Boats G - O Boats R - V Boats Fleet Boats More Sub Stuff PigBoats.COM Contact Donate  

USS Sailfish SS 192

USS Sailfish SS 192
After an extensive overhaul after salvage the USS Squalus was renamed
USS Sailfish SS 192. She went on to have a very successful war record
sinking or damaging 20 vessels for a total of 83,769 tons. She was
decommissioned October 27, 1945 and sold for scrap March 30, 1948.
Her conning tower and periscope shears were on display
at the Washington Navy Yard for many years.


USS Sailfish SS 192
USS Sailfish SS 192

USS Sailfish SS 192
USS Sailfish SS 192 duiring a 1943 overhaul at Mare Island Ship yard
Sailfish received many equipment upgrades. These are the items on
the photo that have been circled in white. Most likely this was a larger
deck gun, better underwater listening gear and most likely mine detection
sonar to navigate Japnaese minefields around the home islands and in
the entrances to the Inland Sea.


USS Sailfish SS 192
USS Sailfish SS 192 showing more of the war time modifacation.
Here workmen are working on the screw guards that protect damage to them.


USS Sailfish SS 192 and crew
USS Sailfish SS 192 and crew pose at wars end at rear of conning tower fairwater. Note that the after battery hatch is a center-line hatch not offset to one side like on the newer submarines.
The man kneeling on the left is Ray Bunt holding shell of a sea turtle he caught and the crew ate.
Other crew shown are Joe McGrievy, in the Navy chief's hat, (left to right) Gail Lusk, Bob Kempf, and Troy Ray.
The man standing on the smoking deck to the left of the flag staff is "William J. Dillon (known as "Skippy" on the Sailfish since I was the radioman,radarman, sonarman on board)" and provided the above identifications.
Behind the US flag is the Presidential Unit Citation flag that Sailfish received for outstanding performance on her tenth war patrol.
Thanks to William J. "Skippy" Dillon for supplying the names of his shipmates in this photo.
U.S. Navy Photo


Sailfish making her last dive dockside before decommissioning
Sailfish making her last dive dockside before decommissioning
October 27th, 1945 Portsmouth, New Hampshire Shipyard

Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Sailfish making her last dive dockside before decommissioning
Sailfish making her last dive dockside before decommissioning.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Sailfish making her last dive dockside before decommissioning
Sailfish making her last dive dockside before decommissioning
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Hold Mouse Over Image
To Scroll the Image Use Mouse Wheel

The decommissioning crew of the USS Sailfish, ex-Squalus, salute the flag as it is lowered .

The crop marks from the newspaper are visible showing what the paper wanted to be shown on its pages. The paint and ink used is very difficult to remove without damaging the photo emulsion.

Three news photographers stand in the middle of the deck taking pictures of the flag lowering. Crew line the deck though only the officers and few chiefs seem to be saluting.

AP Wire Photo In The Collection Of Ric Hedman


Squalus/Sailfish Conning Tower on display
Squalus/Sailfish Conning Tower on display, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

An interview with Tom Parks who made war patrols in Sailfish

Previous PageNext Page

Read / Sign our Deck Log

Sargo Class Cutaway and Specifications

  Holland | A-Boats | B-Boats | C-Boats | D-Boats | E-Boats | F-Boats |
| G-Boats | H-Boats | K-Boats | L-Boats | M-Boats | N-Boats | O-Boats |
| R-Boats | S-Boats | T-Boats | V-Boats |Simon Lake Subs| The Fleet Boats |
| Wilkins-Ellsworth Expedition | Home |

Page created by:
Ric Hedman
1999 - 2010
PigBoats.COM

Mountlake Terrace, WA
webmaster at pigboats dot com
The author is a Member of The HTML Writers Guild
The HTMLWriters Guild