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The USS Dolphin, (ex-V-7), doing trial runs off Provencetown ,Massachusetts circa June 1932. Here she is just doing photo ops for the camera but she would have also done surface and submerged speed runs demonstrating depth and endurance. Crew are on deck taking advantage of a bit of fresh air.


US Navy Photo in the private collection of Ric Hedman

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In this photo the USS Dolphin, (ex-V-7), is going the other direction on her trial runs off Provencetown ,Massachusetts circa June 1932. Here she is just doing photo ops for the camera but she would have also done surface and submerged speed runs demonstrating depth and endurance. Crew are on deck taking advantage of a bit of fresh air.


US Navy Photo

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The USS Dolphin, (ex-V-7), performing diving tests off Provencetown, Mass during seatrials


Wire Photo in the private collection of Ric Hedman

USS Dolphin SS 169
USS Dolphin SS 169

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The USS Cachalot, SS 170, (ex-V-8), seen here on seatrials off the Isle Of Shoals, New Hampshire, circa 1933/34. A breaking wave is just about covering her name. The break in the deck superstructure is where the fold down boarding ladder is to be placed.

In the background, to the left of the conning tower, Star Island can be seen with the Oceanic Hotel. At the far left at the top edge of the photo Lunging Island can just be made out. This places the Cachalot on an Easterly heading just off the north shore of White Island to the south and out of the photo to get this perspective. To the right the horizon has been painted out by the newspaper artists. There a number of small "tweaks" made by the newspaper artists to enable the photo to print with better definition.

Cachalot was the near culmination of a long trial process to make a true "Fleet Boat".

On December 7, 1941 Cachalot was in Pearl Harbor Navy Yard in overhaul. During the attack one of her men was wounded, the submarine suffered no damage. Yard work on her was completed at a furious pace, and on January 12, 1942 she sailed on her first war patrol. After fueling at Midway, she conducted a reconnaissance of Wake, Eniwetok, Ponape, Truk, Namonuito, and Hall Islands, returning to Pearl Harbor March 18, 1942 with vitally needed intelligence of Japanese bases. Her second war patrol, she left from Midway on June 9, 1942 and was conducted off the Japanese home islands, where she damaged an enemy tanker. Returning to Pearl Harbor July 26, 1942, she left on her final war patrol September 23, 1942 penetrating the frigid waters of the Bering Sea in support of the Aleutians operations.

Overage for strenuous war patrols, she spent the remainder of the war as a training ship for the Submarine School at New London. She served here until June 30 1945, when she sailed to Philadelphia where she was decommissioned October 17, 1945. She was sold January 26, 1947. Cachalot received three battle stars for World War II service.


News Photo in the private collection of Ric Hedman

USS Cachalot SS 170
USS Cachalot SS 170 (ex- V-8)

USS Cachalot SS 170
C-1, USS Cachalot SS 170 (ex- V-8)
She looks to be moored someplace in the Caribbean or Panama, most likely mid 1930's.
Original Photo in the Private Collection of Ric Hedman


USS Cachalot SS 170
C-1, USS Cachalot SS 170 (ex- V-8)
She looks to be moored someplace in the Caribbean or Panama, most likely mid 1930's.
Original Photo in the Private Collection of Ric Hedman


USS Cachalot SS 170
C-1, USS Cachalot SS 170 (ex- V-8)
She looks to be moored someplace in the Caribbean or Panama, most likely mid 1930's.
Original Photo in the Private Collection of Ric Hedman


USS Cachalot SS 170
C-1, USS Cachalot SS 170 (ex- V-8)
She looks to be moored someplace in the Caribbean or Panama, most likely mid 1930's.
Bedding is being aired. Topside watch is looking around the back of the conning towwer fairwater
Original Photo in the Private Collection of Ric Hedman


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USS Cuttlefish on launch day sliding down the ways at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. November 21, 1933 into the Thames River. The skyline of New London, Conn. is in the background. The sub is decked out in bunting and signal flags. A man at the side of the conning tower fairwater throws his arms in in joy or exhilaration as the sub slide down the ways.

This photo was taken by a spectator to the launching, maybe a yard employee or guest or family member.

Original Snapshot in the Private Collection of Ric Hedman
~NOT A Navy Photo - NOT In Public Domain~

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USS Cuttlefish in a pre-commissioning photo. The image is date stamped on the back with March 27, 1934. Any location information has been lost. The submarine is anchored off a shoreline that may be almost anywhere off the New England coast but since she was an Electric Boat built submarine probably the Long Island Sound area. Her boarding ladder is partly lowered out of her after starboard superstructure. A number of men are seen standing around her 3"/50 high mount deck gun, maybe operating the boarding ladder. Another looks from around the conning tower fairwater forward. Below the "2"on the conning tower, on the side of the hull superstructure, are the rungs of an installed external ladder.

Original Photo in the Private Collection of Ric Hedman

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A detail from a USS Cuttlefish pre-commissioning photo. This shows the submarines anchor chain leading out of the anchor housing. There, also, seems to be a lot of water abrasion to the paint at the waterline and around the limber holes.

Original Photo in the Private Collection of Ric Hedman

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A detail from a USS Cuttlefish pre-commissioning photo. This detail show the extended gangway used to ease transfer of personnel from small boats to and from the submarine. Forward on the hull can be seen the four rungs of a permanently mounted ladder.

Original Photo in the Private Collection of Ric Hedman

USS Cuttlefish SS 171
USS Cuttlefish SS 171 (ex- V-9)

USS Cuttlefish SS 171
USS Cuttlefish SS 171

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USS Cuttlefish seen surfacing from one of her dives during sea trials spring of 1934.
Original Photo from the Private Collection of Ric Hedman

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USS Cuttlefish seen surfacing from one of her dives during sea trials spring of 1934.
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USS Cuttlefish pre commissioning photo spring 1934. A miniature version of this photo is used on the covers below. The Cuttlefish was decommissioned on October 24, 1945.

Original Photo from the Private Collection of Ric Hedman

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USS Cuttlefish decommissioning covers. These are unused with no addresses or stamps or cancellation stamps. The Cuttlefish was decommissioned on October 24, 1945. The top one is done with gold embossing ink and has a noticible bumpiness to the ink. The bottom one had minor relief to the blue ink. Both envelopes have an actual miniature photo attached to the face of the envelope. The photos are small versions of the photo just above this one.

Original Covers from the Private Collection of Ric Hedman

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USS Cuttlefish decommissioning covers close-ups. These are unused with no addresses or stamps or cancellation stamps. The Cuttlefish was decommissioned on October 24, 1945. The right one is done with gold embossing ink and has a noticible bumpiness to the ink. The left one had minor relief to the blue ink. Both envelopes have an actual miniature photo attached to the face of the envelope. The photos are small versions of the photo just above.

Original Covers from the Private Collection of Ric Hedman


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