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USS Searaven SS 196

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A photo taken just after the launch of the Searaven SS 196 into the river at Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine on June 21, 1939.

She is seen here with a tug taking her in tow for her trip to the fitting out docks. Both civilian and Navy personnel are seen on the decks of the Searaven.

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Close-up of Navy personnel on the bow of the Searaven. Most likely pre-commissioning crew members. June 21, 1939

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Close-up of Navy Officers and civilians on the deck of the Searaven. The officers may be a combination of yard and pre-commissioning personnel who rode the submarine down the ways.

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Searaven launched with yard personnel on the deck. Before WW II most subs were launched with little or none Navy personnel involved since the submarines were the responsibly of the construction yard to test and prove before Navy acceptance and commissioning.

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Close-up of the bow of the Searaven after her launch. The torpedo tube shutter door for tube #1 is visible. When the submarine gets fully fitted out and has all tanks normally full the waterline will be at the #5 mark on the hull.

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Searaven moored to the fitting out dock.at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard shortly after her launch. Wooden scaffolding has begun to be constructed on and around the hull to help facilitate the workmen with their jobs. She will be commissioned on October 2, 1939.

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USS Searaven SS 196
USS Searaven SS 196

USS Searaven SS 196
USS Searaven SS 196
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This photo was taken at Mare Island in the late fall of 1946 time frame. In the background is seen the recently mothballed submarines that helped win WW II. The photo is not distinct enough to make identifications of any specific submarines.

In the foreground are three submarines, two of which are slated for decommissioning on December 11, 1946. The submarines are, left to right; USS Dentuda SS 335, she will not decommission until 1967. The middle submarine is the USS Searaven, SS 196 and the sub on the right is the USS Tuna, SS 203.

All the submarines are still in commission, evident by the 48 star Union Jacks flying from the bows. The deck guns have been removed except for the 40mm on the front of the Dentuda conning tower fairwater.

If you look closely at the decks of the Searaven and Tuna just forward of the conning tower fairwaters the the boat shaped covers of the deck hatches used to store the ships boats. Pre WW II submarines carried two small craft used to ferry men and supplies to shore and other vessels. Once the war started these were considered not necessary and the boats were removed.

On the fore deck of the Tuna a emergency messenger buoy can be seen with the domed top just to the right of the Jack Staff. There is one on the deck of the Searaven also but it has a flat top and is harder to see. The one on the Dentuda is much easier to see.

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