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32 IN '44 - BUILDING THE PORTSMOUTH SUBMARINE FLEET IN WORLD WAR II

32 in 44 - Building the Portsmouth Submarine Fleet in World War II

Author(s)                 Rodney K. Watterson
Publisher Naval Institute Press
Date 2011
Pages 208
Format epub
Size 2.3 Mb

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   In 1944 Portsmouth Navy Yard launched three submarines and a fourth shortly thereafter. Prior to this, no shipyard had ever accomplished either feat. Those three first submarines, called Ronquil, Redfish, and Razorback were delivered at 1:00 PM and the Scabbard fish slid down building way into the Piscataqua River at 2:30 PM. These four submarines would be included in the record-setting thirty-two submarines that the yard completed in 1944. No american shipyard has ever built so many submarines during one year, this is where the name of this study is coming from. Prior to that triple launching. Fred White, the shipyard's master rigger, had concerns about floating three 1.800-ton submarines off their blocks at the same time. Three above mentioned submarines were jammed into the dry dock with little separation, and White and his line handlers were the ones responsible for ensuring that the submarines did not damage each other as they floated free of the blocks...  

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