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USS Triton SS 201

USS Triton SS 201

USS Triton SS 201 seen on May 15, 1940 as she continues her new construction phase at Portsmouth Navy Shipyard. Triton is sitting very high in the water as all of her tanks are probably dry.

There appears to be a temporary structure built around her periscope shears. Mast work no doubt.

The submarine seen in the foreground is the USS Sailfish, ex-Squalus, as she is being re-commissioned after her sinking and salvage.

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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, March 25, 1940, is a sunny Monday that the USS Triton SS 201 slides down the ways into the Piscataqua River, Pierce Island is in the background .

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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, March 25, 1940, is a sunny but cold Monday. The USS Triton SS 201 sits high in the waters of the Piscataqua River. A tug is coming along side to tow her to her fitting out berth.

You might want to note that Triton has both port and starboard anchors. A feature that will soon be done away with. One anchor will be removed and the anchor housing will be plated over.

There is a small cord or line snaking down from the deck and into the port anchor housing and then comes out sixth limber hole from the front and hangs down. If you look closely you can see a similar line from the sub deck between the hull and the large mooring line going to the tug. These were used to hold the bottom of the bow bunting in place as the sub slides down the ways.

LCdr Willis A. Lent, the prospective commanding office, may be the person standing to the left of the short mast with all the flags attached to it. He would be standing where the bridge would be during the launch. Triton was launched two months ahead of schedule.

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The USS Triton on sea trials off the New England coast circa summer 1940. An other submarine is in the distance. The number is unreadable but maybe the USS Trout, she may be waiting her turn to have her photo taken. The Starboard lookout is looking right at the camera with his binoculars. The Port lookout seems to be looking at something else above his head, maybe another airplane.

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The USS Triton flys the Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox flag from her periscope. The location is unknown and the submarine is at anchor. The crew and a contingent of Marines are on deck. After taking office in July of 1940 Knox made it a point to visit as many commands as possible to carry out President Roosevelt's plan to expand the Navy into a force capable of fighting in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Since the Triton is wearing her hull number this photo is in that pre-WW II period.

This photo was issued by the AP July 22, 1943 to announce the loss of the Triton which happened on March 15, 1943.

AP Wirephoto Photograph

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The USS Triton flys Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox flag from her periscope. A man to handle the flags raising and lowering is stationed at the top of the periscope sheers. A Chief Petty Officer, he maybe the C.O.B., (Chief of the Boat), is on the Signal Bridge watching over the proceedings.

The row of "dots" on the side of the bridge fairwater are actually eyes for lacing an awning to to cover the after deck area.

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The USS Triton after deck with the crew and a contingent of Marines formed up for ceremonies for the Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox.

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July 16, 1942 sees the USS Triton mooring to the docks in Dutch Harbor, Alaska after having sunk the Japanese destroyer NENOHI on July 4, 1942.

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