USS C-3 (SS-14)
The USS C-3 underway, 1909.
|Builder:||Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Launched:||8 April 1909|
|Commissioned:||23 November 1909|
|Decommissioned:||23 December 1919|
|Renamed:||C-3, 17 November 1911|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, 12 April 1920|
|Class & type:||C-class submarine|
|Displacement:||238 long tons (242 t) surfaced
275 long tons (279 t) submerged
|Length:||105 ft 4 in (32.11 m)|
|Beam:||13 ft 11 in (4.24 m)|
|Draft:||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Propulsion:||Craig gasoline engines
2 × shafts
|Speed:||10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h) surfaced
9 kn (10 mph; 17 km/h) submerged
|Complement:||15 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||2 × 18 in (460 mm) bow torpedo tubes (4 torpedoes)|
USS C-3 (SS-14) was a C-class submarine of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down by Fore River Shipbuilding Company in Quincy, Massachusetts, under a subcontract from Electric Boat Company, as Tarpon. She was launched on 8 April 1909 as Tarpon sponsored by Miss Katherine E. Theiss, and commissioned on 23 November 1909 with Lieutenant P. P. Bassett in command. She was renamed C-3 on 17 November 1911.
Tarpon cruised along the east coast with the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet and the Atlantic Submarine Flotilla through the spring of 1913, operating in tests and exercises. From May–December 1913, she was based at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and on 12 December reported at Cristóbal, Panama Canal Zone. Her operations included exploration of anchorages, tactical drills, and harbor defense patrol at Canal Zone ports. In the summer of 1918, she patrolled off Florida, then returned to Panamanian waters. C-3 was placed in ordinary at Coco Solo Canal Zone on 22 August 1919, decommissioned there on 23 December 1919, and sold on 12 April 1920.
- Fitzsimons, Bernard, ed. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Weapons and Warfare (London: Phoebus, 1978), Volume 19, p.2037, "Octopus".
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entries can be found here and here.
- Photo gallery of USS Tarpon at NavSource Naval History