2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 1, 2021 9:58 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking photographs of guns on submarine

    Clayton Post Newbie

      I am looking for photographs of late WW2 US Navy submarine "gun boats" five-inch guns fore and aft of conning tower.

        • Re: Seeking photographs of guns on submarine
          Alex Daverede Adventurer



          There were a number of boats that were fitted with the 5-inch/25 caliber Mark 17 submarine deck gun; however, if you are referring to the boats fitted with two Mark 17 guns and a basic surface fire control system, there were a total of seven boats so equipped:


          USS Flying Fish (SS-229)

          USS Entemedor (SS-340)

          USS Sea Cat (SS-399)

          USS Sea Dog (SS-401)

          USS Sea Poacher (SS-406)

          USS Sea Robin (SS-407)

          USS Sennet (SS-408)


          The website NavSource.org has photographs of all of these boats with some being dockyard photos of the “gunboat” conversion in progress.  Outside of the two 5-inch weapons, these conversions show no other external differences from the standard Gato/Balao class boats—in fact, there were some boats like USS Haddo (SS-231) and USS Legato (SS-371) that had the two weapons but no fire control system.


          I hope you find this information of some use.

          A. J.

          • Re: Seeking photographs of guns on submarine
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Mr. Post,

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            Photographs of various U.S. Navy activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            Additionally, the Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC), the Submarine Force Library & Museum, and museums such as the National Museum of the Pacific War may be able to assist you.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!