Archive for November, 2013


In October of 1944, Flying magazine published its annual naval-aviation edition. In his introduction to the issue, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air Artemus L. Gates acknowledged, in a roundabout way, the accomplishments of America’s submarine force. “When I wrote a preface to last year’s Naval aviation issue, Japan still extended her sway over the greater part of the western Pacific. …[I]nside this vast area her shipping and commerce were, save for the activities of our submarines, virtually unchallenged.” But, Gates assured his readers, this year the entire Navy—not just the two percent of it that prowled beneath the sea—was bigger and better; in the last ten months, “we have turned the corner and caught first sight of distant victory.”
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USS COCHINO (SS-345) and USS TUSK (SS-426)

On the morning of 25 August 1949, USS COCHINO (SS-345) and USS TUSK (SS-426) were engaged in a training exercise north of the Arctic Circle in the roiling waters of the Barents Sea. The following is from a publication, entitled “Submarine Casualties Booklet,” compiled by the U.S. Naval Submarine School in 1966:

“While operating in Arctic waters, COCHINO secured charging batteries and submerged at 0500, 25 August 1949. …She ran submerged on the batteries until about 1030 when she commenced snorkeling. A heavy sea (State 4) made depth control extremely difficult and she alternately broached and exceeded snorkel depth often. After snorkeling for about ten minutes, the forward engine room reported considerable water entering through the snorkel induction system. An investigation by the executive officer revealed no serious flooding.
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Alexander Bonnyman, Jr

Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., was born on 2 May 1910 in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Princeton University, served as a U.S. Army Air Corps flying cadet in 1932, and worked in the coal-mining industry during the 1930s. (He washed out of flight school after three months for “buzzing too many towers.”) In June of 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and, after completing basic training, was assigned to the Sixth Marines, Second Division. His distinguished service in the final w…eeks of the Guadalcanal campaign earned him a battlefield commission; he was promoted to second lieutenant in February of 1943 and to first lieutenant just six months later.
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USS SCULPIN (SS-191) began her ninth war patrol on 7 November 1943, departing Johnston Atoll, where she had stopped to fill up on fuel after leaving Pearl Harbor, for the Caroline Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The United States was about to mount a massive attack on the Gilbert Islands and SCULPIN was charged with intercepting any Japanese naval forces that might be on their way to oppose the invasion. She was supposed to remain on station until 14 December and then return to Pearl Harbor. But after leaving Johnston Atoll she was never heard from again.
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Stanley – Gato Class Submarine

Happy Friday!

Today I am standing in front of a cut-away of a Gato Class Submarine model (It sure was nice of my help to help me stand there for the picture!) I’m not sure if you can tell, but the model is BIG and is hanging from the ceiling! The model has openings in it to show visitors, like me, what living inside a submarine would be like. Boy, it sure does look cramped in there!
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Stanley – WWII Attack Center

Hi everybody! It’s me Stanley. I know it’s hard to see me today. Can you guess where I am?

I am in a re-creation of a World War II submarine Attack Center. The attack center would be located in the conning tower compartment, which is below the bridge and above the control room of the submarine. It contains lots of cool things. It has equipment such as a steering stand, a torpedo data computer, firing panel, radar screen, sonar, fathometers, navigation plot charts, and as you can see – periscopes. All of these things were used for target location and weapon firing.
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Stanley – USS BULLFISH Control Panel

Hi everyone! Wahoo….look at me! I’m sitting in front of the Control Panel of the USS BULLFISH (SSN 676).

The BULLFISH was a Sturgeon class submarine, designed and built by General Dynamics/Electric Boat in Groton, CT, in 1970. It was about 292 feet in length and had a 32 foot beam. The BULLFISH did not run on diesel fuel like earlier submarines, instead it used nuclear propulsion. My friends explained that the submarine has a nuclear power plant on board. They told me that nuclear power works by the controlled splitting of atoms, which leads to the release of energy, (mostly as heat.) This heat energy is used to heat water, which makes steam. The steam can be used to move the ship, by driving turbines, which then turn a propeller. The steam can also be used to drive turbines in generators which can supply electricity for all of the Submarine’s systems, including, lights and oxygen makers. That’s pretty fancy!
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Stanley – Bushnell’s Turtle

Hi everybody! My adventure inside the Submarine Force Museum has brought me to a VERY cool thing….(I know I keep saying that for everything, but to be honest, everything here IS cool!)

In this picture you can see me standing in front of (and in) Bushnell’s Turtle. My friends told me that it isn’t the real Turtle, it’s actually a full-sized replica of the original Turtle. It was designed and built by David Bushnell, who lived in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. How cool is that?! He named it the Turtle because he thought it looked like two turtle shells strapped together.
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Stanley talks to a docent

Hello everybody! Boy was it raining hard here yesterday! Everything was really wet, so I decided to take my adventure inside the museum. Here I am standing in front of the Welcome/Information sign that is right inside the front door. I know that signs are not as exciting as submarines, but they are really important and can be a lot of help. This sign is telling me about what I’m going to see in the museum. Boy, there sure is a lot to see!
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Flat Stanley – SS-X1

Hi everybody! I am standing in front of a REAL submarine!!! Can you see me? If you look closely, you can see me standing near the middle of the boat. Look at how small I am compared to this big submarine! (Ok well, it’s not so big, compared to other submarines, but it’s still bigger than I am.) This is the SS X-1 and it was an experimental submarine. It was built for the Navy, by the Fairfield Engine and Airplane Corporation, in 1955. It is about 50 feet long and its beam is 7 feet. It was used to go into shallow waters and harbors, where other big submarines couldn’t go. (The X-1 is sort of like me….I can go places that my non-flattened friends can’t go.) =)
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