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All 3 of the B-Class submarines.
Left to Right, USS Tarantula, USS Viper and USS Cuttlefish.
Unknown and unidentified class of submarine in the background.

From the Private collection of Ric Hedman
Photo Not In Public Domain.


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This photo came in a collection of B class submarine images. I make the assumption that these officers are Commanding Officers of B-Class submarines.
As per the notations on the back the men are L to R are:

Lt. Bingham - Flotilla Commander
Lt. Marquardt - detached
"Bobs"
Lt. Danials

From the Private collection of Ric Hedman Photo Not In Public Domain.


USS Viper (B-1) SS 10
USS Viper (B-1) SS 10

Torpedoroom USS B-1
Torpedoroom USS B-1

Crew muster

USS Viper, Submarine No 10, later renamed B-1 attached to submarine April 15, 1910

Rall W. F. - Enlisted Man - age 27- Born; New York
Sylvester H. - Enlisted Man - age 26 - Born; Oregon
Kirkhacket R. W. - Enlisted Man - age 25 - Born; Illinois
Johnston F. A. - Enlisted Man - age 21 - Born; Pennsylvania
Barto D. B. - Enlisted Man - age 28 - Born; Delaware
Regan J. A. - Enlisted Man - age 24 - Born; Ohio
Doom R. W. - Enlisted Man - age 36 - Born; Ohio
Poncet J. L. - Enlisted Man - age 20 - Born; Louisiana
Noltny C. F. - Enlisted Man - age 30 - Born; Missouri
Cole C. D. - Enlisted Man - age 30 - Born; Massachusetts
Romulus G. J. - Enlisted Man - age 34 - Born; Massachusetts
Boyan J. - Enlisted Man - age 26 - Born; New Jersey

Thank you to Linda Talbott of the US GenWeb Census Project for providing this information.

USS B-2 (Cuttlefish) launch 9/01/1906
USS B-2 (Cuttlefish) launch 9/01/1906

USS B-2 (Cuttlefish)
USS Cuttlefish, (B-2) SS 11 In dry dock getting her bottom cleaned and painted.

USS Cuttlefish, (B-2)
USS Cuttlefish, (B-2) SS 11

USS Cuttlefish on builders trials
USS Cuttlefish on builders trials

Crew muster

USS Cuttlefish, Submarine No 11, later renamed B-2 attached to submarine April 15, 1910

Lesher Frank B. - Captain - age 25 - Born; Pennsylvania
Johnson Michael A. - Enlisted Man - age 28 - Born; Rhode Island
Witcomb Harris A. - Enlisted Man - age 29 - Born; New Hampshire
Kirstof John - Enlisted Man - age 23 - Born; Missouri
Pearson Karl - Enlisted Man - age 33 - Born; Sweden
Meeks John R. - Enlisted Manr - age 27 - Born; Ohio
Hayes Spencer W. - Enlisted Man - age 23 - Born; Pennsylvania
Sarre John V. - Enlisted Man - age 26 - Born; Canada
Morris Edward E. - Enlisted Man - age 32 - Born; Connecticut
Stone Leland - Enlisted Man - age 28 - Born; Maine
Kelly Dan - Enlisted Man - age 28 - Born; Massachusetts
Sohn Robert L. - Enlisted Man - age 26 - Born; Tennessee

Thank you to Linda Talbott of the US GenWeb Census Project for providing this information.

USS Tarantula (B-3) SS 12
USS Tarantula ( B-3 ) SS 12

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USS Tarantula crew posing for a photo op.
Caption from the scrapbook is "The little submarines with the funny noses"
Commanding officer is Lt. D. A. Weaver.
The black dots are inkspots on the photo face.

From the Private collection of Ric Hedman
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USS Tarantula crew posing for a photo op.
Caption from the scrapbook is "The little submarines with the funny noses"
Commanding officer is Lt. D. A. Weaver.
The black dots are inkspots on the photo face.

From the Private collection of Ric Hedman
Photo Not In Public Domain.


USS Tarantula ( B-3 ) SS 12 Crew Photo
USS B-3 (Tarantula) Crew on deck for a photo.
Possibily a re-commissioning photo taken at Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands. circa Sept. 2, 1913
If you look to the left of the periscopes of the B-3 you can see another set of periscopes. Most likely the B-2 which had been re-commissioned in Aug, 1913. The B-2 & B-3 had traveled to the Philippines as deck cargo aboard the transport Ajax(AC-15) being unable to travel there on their own.

Thanks to Rick Larson MMCM (SS) ret. for the photo.

USS Tarantula ( B-3 ) SS 12 Crew Photo
USS B-3 (Tarantula) Crew on deck for a photo.
Possibily a re-commissioning photo taken at Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands. circa Sept. 2, 1913

Thanks to Rick Larson MMCM (SS) ret. for the photo.

Crew muster

USS Tarantula, Submarine No 12, later renamed B-3 attached to submarine April 15, 1910
Data is incomplete due to lost or missing records.
Rotherwell M. L. - Enlisted Man - age 25 - Born; New York
Fredericks H. W. - Enlisted Man - age 20 - Born; Kentucky
Dunn C. B. - Enlisted Man - age 25 - Born; New York
Ballard M. - Enlisted Man - age 38 - Born; Russia
Stine C. E. - Enlisted Man - age 36 - Born; Sweden
Anderson A. W. - Enlisted Man - age 20 - Born; New Jersey

Thank you to Linda Talbott of the US GenWeb Census Project for providing this information.

USS Tarantula SS 12
USS Tarantula SS 12.
Photo apears to be taken at the same time as the photo above.

USS Tarantula crew on deck
USS Tarantula crew on deck

Stern of a B class submarine
Stern of a "B" class submarine

Length 82' 3"
Beam 12' 6"
Disp. Sur. 145 tons
Disp. Sub. 173 tons
Test Depth 150'
Crew 10
Armament 2 18" Torp Tube

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