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Stingray hitting the water for the first time at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, October 6, 1937. Heavy drag chains have been attached to her hull, and these chains pay out as she slides into the water. They will arrest her motion before she gets to far into the Piscataqua River. Note that she is still carrying her "S5" class identifier. It would be replaced with her hull number in 1939.

U.S. Navy photo.

Stingray moving sedately across a calm sea, approximately 1940. She made a cruise to the Caribbean that year, so this may be at a port call at one of the islands there. Her hull number has replaced the "S" identifier on her bow and fairwater.

U.S. Navy photo.

A three photo sequence of Stingray first diving, then surfacing, while operating with three of her sisters during war games in 1939-1940. The boat in the immediate background is the Sturgeon (SS-187). The other two boats are also Salmon-class submarines, but their ID's are unknown. They are of the Electric Boat design, shown by the different shape of the conning tower fairwater. This is a posed photo. A pack of four submarines would never operate this closely together in wartime. This was formation steaming tactics forced onto the Submarine Force by surface admirals.

U.S. Navy photos.

Stingray seen with an unidentified shoreline in the background. The photo was originally identified as being off Pearl Harbor but there are too many residential neighborhoods for Hawaii of that time. We're inclined to think this is San Francisco or San Diego, circa 1940.

U.S. Navy photo.

Ancient Order of the Deep Certificate issued to MM 2c Henry Brogden Jones. This is also known as a Shellback Certificate for crossing the equator, which they did on January 26, 1942 at 118° 51' east longitude. Jones had been a crewman on the Sealion (SS-195) when it was bombed at Cavite on December 10, 1941. He was transferred to the Stingray after the destruction of his vessel.

Image courtesy of Bryan K. Jones, son of Henry Brogden Jones.


Two views of Jones, the one on the left as a Petty Officer 2nd Class in 1941, and on the right as a Chief Petty Officer in 1945. Rapid advancements were the norm during the war.

Images courtesy of Bryan K. Jones, son of Henry Brogden Jones.

Stingray after her 1st wartime overhaul at Mare Island, October 2, 1942. This is an early wartime mod, removing only the aft bulwark around the cigarette deck and adding radars. On the new fairwater gun deck the boat has received a Mk 5 mount for a 20 mm anti-aircraft gun.

Photo 19-N-36095 courtesy of NHHC.

Another photo taken at the same time as the one above, from a different angle. Stingray, like the rest of her Salmon/Sargo-class sisters, had four 21-inch torpedo tubes forward. Wanting more firepower but unable to significantly alter the structure of the forward torpedo room, the Navy chose to add two external tubes inside the superstructure forward. These tubes were single shot tubes, and they could be reloaded only in port. The weapons in the tubes could not be accessed for maintenance once loaded, and accuracy suffered as a result. The tube can be see just below the deck and above the anchor. Only five submarines received the exterior tubes, and the tubes were never well-liked. They were removed in later overhauls.

Photo 19-N-36097 courtesy of NHHC.

An interesting bow shot of Stingray on October 2, 1942 at the conclusion of her Mare Island overhaul. The external torpedo tubes are very apparent here. At this time Stingray retained her original cover pilothouse on the forward end of the conning tower fairwater, its circular windows can be seen here. Note also that these boats had the SJ surface search radar installed on a mast to starboard of the periscope shears, not in front of it like the later boats. This was because at this time she still retained her control room periscope, the shorter shear for it prevented the SJ from being mounted in the forward spot. The two arms sticking out from the side of the fairwater support radio aerial wires.

Photo 19-N-36098 courtesy of NHHC.

Two views of Stingray at the Hunter's Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, January 29, 1944. The boat had just completed another major overhaul and modernization, receiving many upgrades. The pilothouse on the forward end of the conning tower fairwater has been cut away and a gun deck placed there. Both the forward and aft fairwater gun decks have received the lighter weight Mk 10 mounts for the 20 mm guns. She now has two 40-foot periscopes with both of them letting into the conning tower. Even with this change, the SJ radar remains in its place on the starboard side of the shears. She has retained her original GM 16-248 engines, but has gotten more efficient and larger water-cooled mufflers under the aft deck, necessitating raised platforms to cover them. She is in the process of receiving three torpedo "shapes", inert practice rounds that will be shot out of the tubes. She likely had work done on the tubes and these shapes were used to test tube alignment and operation.

Photos NH 98990 and NH 98989 courtesy of NHHC.

Stingray from the bow after her January 1944 overhaul. Of prime note in the photo is the fact that they have removed the two external bow tubes. The openings in the side of the superstructure have been plated over and can just be seen.

Photo 98987 courtesy of NHHC.

Three more views of Stingray following the 1944 Hunter's Point overhaul. The 20 mm guns on the fore and aft fairwater gun decks are covered with a tarp. The last photo shows her smoking quite a bit after lighting off at least two cold engines. Once the engines warmed up the amount of smoke reduced by at least 95%.

All photos courtesy of the NHHC.

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