USS C-4 (SS-15)
The USS C-4 underway, 1909.
|Builder:||Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Launched:||17 June 1909|
|Commissioned:||23 November 1909|
|Decommissioned:||15 August 1919|
|Renamed:||C-4, 17 November 1911|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, 13 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-4 (SS-15) 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 Bonita. She was launched on 17 June 1909 sponsored by Mrs. J. C. Townsend, and commissioned on 23 November 1909, Lieutenant F. V. McNair in command. She was renamed C-4 on 17 November 1911.
Assigned first to the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet, and later to the Atlantic Submarine Flotilla, Bonita plied east coast waters until May 1913, when she cleared Norfolk, Virginia for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her tactical exercises and development operations continued here and from Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone, where she reported on 12 December 1913. In August 1917, sailing with two other submarines, she explored the suitability of Panamanian ports as advance submarine bases. Laid up at Coco Solo Canal Zone from 12 November 1918, C-4 was decommissioned there on 15 August 1919, and sold on 13 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 Bonita at NavSource Naval History