Date(s) - May 19, Sun
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This American S – class boat was completed in 1922 at the Bethlehem Yard in Massachusetts and immediately joined the US Naval Fleet (as the USS S-24). She had a crew of 42, was 67m long, and weighed 854 tons. Armed with twelve 21 inch torpedoes and a 4in deck gun, the submarine had a speed of 11 knots when submerged. Operating out of Connecticut, she served in several locations including California and Pearl Harbour, however her design was not considered satisfactory.
She was decommissioned in 1942, transferred under lease to the Royal Navy and renamed the P555. She was assigned to the 7th Submarine Flotilla based at Holy Loch and used as a training vessel. She was the first ever serving British Submarine to be commanded by a Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) – Edward Preston “Teddy” Young, who, in his other life, was a graphic designer working for Penguin Books, responsible for designing the cover scheme used by Penguin for many years as well as drawing the original Penguin logo. Following damage caused by a collision in the Clyde, ownership transferred back to the US Navy in 1944. In 1947, the P555 was intentionally sunk by the Royal Navy for use as an ASDIC target (an early form of sonar used to detect submarines). Her gun-deck and propellers were removed before the sinking. Distance from Weymouth 12 miles.
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