Author Topic: "A Visual Guide to the S-Class Submarines/Fleet Boats" by David Johnston  (Read 11554 times)

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Forum user David Johnston ("DaveyJ576") has put a lot of effort into these remarkable guides to the S-Class submarines and the U.S. fleet boats.  They go into detail on the different modifications done to the S-Class boats, the Gato-class boats as well as the Tambor/Gar-class boats.  Great photos to go along with the guide to help us visualize the mods.

Take a look for yourself, download these .pdf files at the links below.

A Visual Guide to the S-Class Submarines, Part One
http://www.submarinemuseums.org/docs/sboats1.pdf

A Visual Guide to the S-Class Submarines, Part Two
http://www.submarinemuseums.org/docs/sboats2.pdf

A Visual Guide to the S-Class Submarines, Part Three
http://www.submarinemuseums.org/docs/sboats3.pdf

A Visual Guide to the Fleet Boats, Part One (revised)
http://www.submarinemuseums.org/docs/fleetboats1r.pdf

A Visual Guide to the Fleet Boats, Part Two
http://www.submarinemuseums.org/docs/fleetboats2.pdf

Thanks DaveyJ576 for sharing this with us!

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Re: "A Visual Guide to the S-Class Submarines/Fleet Boats" by David Johnston
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2010, 10:44:20 AM »
Thanks for posting all of these.

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Re: "A Visual Guide to the S-Class Submarines/Fleet Boats" by David Johnston
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2010, 06:07:47 PM »
Hello!

I hope you like the articles. My intent was to give the naval history enthusiast a guide on how to identify these boats. I have come across so many photos over the years, some in respectable publications, that have been badly mis-identified. I got increasingly frustrated with the situation so I decided to try to help.

The S-boats have always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. I think I was ten years old when I read Edward Ellsberg's book On The Bottom, the story of the S-51 salvage. I was hooked and have been interested ever since.

For the Fleet Boats, I decided on starting with the Gato class first, as these boats went through some pretty remarkable changes during their lifetimes and are frequently mis-identified in photos. I then started working backwards with the Salmon/Sargos and will eventually get to the Porpoise/Shark/Perch and the V-boats. One of these days I will jump back to the Balao and Tench classes.

I am interested in any feedback you may have. My intent is to make these as accurate as possible. Thanks!