September Lost Boats

USS S-5 (SS-110)

Lost on September 1, 1920 when a practice dive went wrong and she sank bow-first, with her stern showing above the water. In a dramatic adventure, her exhausted crew was rescued during the next few days. Salvage attempts were unsuccessful, S-5 settled to the bottom and was abandoned.

Class: SS S
Commissioned: 3/6/1920
Launched: 11/10/1919
Builder: Portsmouth Navy Yard
Length: 231 Beam: 22
#Officers: 4 #Enlisted: 34
Fate: She commenced a dive for a submerged test run. Water unexpectedly entered the submarine through the main air induction system pouring into the control room, engine room, torpedo room, and the motor room. S-5 sank, but the entire crew managed to escape.

USS Grayling (SS-209)

Lost on Sept 9, 1943 with the loss of 76 men near the Tablas Strait. Grayling was on her 8th war patrol and sank two ships before being lost.

Class: SS 198
Commissioned: 3/1/1941
Launched: 9/4/1940
Builder: Portsmouth Navy Yard
Length: 307 Beam: 27
#Officers: 6 #Enlisted: 54
Fate: Grayling was lost between 9 and 12 September 1943 either in Lingayen Gulf or along the approaches to Manila. 76 men lost.

USS Pompano (SS-181)

Pompano was sunk (between Sept 17 and Oct 5) with the loss of 77 men while on her 7th war patrol. Possibly lost on Sept 17, 1943. Japanese records show that a submarine was sunk in her patrol area on 17 September by air & depth charge attack off the Aomori Prefecture near Shiriya Zaki. Before being lost, she sank two enemy cargo ships. The exact cause of her loss remains unknown, but she probably was sunk by the air/sea attack above or fell victim to a mine on or after 9/25/1943. This boat’s last recorded ship (Taiko Maru) sunk happened on Sept 25th, so she probably hit a mine on or after that date but before Oct 5th, when she was scheduled back at Midway.

Class: SS 172
Commissioned: 6/12/1937
Launched: 3/11/1937
Builder: Mare Island Navy Yard
Length: 298 Beam: 25
#Officers: 5 #Enlisted: 45
Fate: Sunk, probably by Japanese mines in the Western Pacific, Sept. 1943. 77 men lost.

USS S-51r (SS-162)

Lost on Sept 25, 1925 with the loss of 33 men when it was sunk after collision with SS City of Rome off Block Island

Class: SS S
Commissioned: 6/24/1922
Launched: 8/21/1921
Builder: Lake Torpedo Boat Co
Length: 240 Beam: 22
#Officers: 4 #Enlisted: 34
Fate: S-51 was rammed and sunk off Block Island, N.Y., by the merchant steamer, City of Rome. Only three survivors of the 36 men on board the ill fated submarine were recovered

USS Cisco (SS-290)

Lost on Sept 28, 1943 on her first war patrol with the loss of 76 men in the Sulu Sea west of Mindinao.

Class: SS 285
Commissioned: 5/10/1943
Launched: 12/24/1942
Builder: Portsmouth Navy Yard
Length: 312 Beam: 27
#Officers: 10 #Enlisted: 71
Fate: Departed on her 1st war patrol, but never returned. Japanese records tell of sighting a submarine leaking oil in the area where was known to have been on duty. Japanese records state she was sunk by bombs and depth charges.76 men lost.