USS Wolffish (SS-434)

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Career (United States)
Name: USS Wolffish
Namesake: The wolffish, also called the seawolf, any of several large blennies
Builder: Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (proposed)
Laid down: Never
Fate: Construction contract cancelled 29 July 1944
General characteristics
Class & type: Balao class diesel-electric submarine[1]
Displacement: 1,526 long tons (1,550 t) surfaced,[1] 2,414 long tons (2,453 t) submerged[1]
Length: 311 ft 9 in (95.02 m)[1]
Beam: 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m)[1]
Draft: 16 ft 10 in (5.13 m) maximum[1]
Propulsion: 4 × General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines driving electrical generators[1][2]

2 × 126-cell Sargo batteries [3]
4 × high-speed General Electric electric motors with reduction gears [1]
two propellers [1]
5,400 shp (4.0 MW) surfaced[1]

2,740 shp (2.0 MW) submerged[1]
Speed: 20.25 kn (37.50 km/h) surfaced,[3] 8.75 kn (16.21 km/h) submerged[3]
Range: 11,000 nmi (20,000 km) surfaced @ 10 kn (19 km/h)[3]
Endurance: 48 hours @ 2 kn (3.7 km/h) submerged,[3] 75 days on patrol
Test depth: 400 ft (120 m)[3]
Complement: 10 officers, 70–71 enlisted[3]
Armament: 10 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
 (six forward, four aft)
 24 torpedoes[3]
1 × 4-inch (102 mm) / 50 caliber deck gun[3]
Bofors 40 mm and Oerlikon 20 mm cannon

USS Wolffish (SS-434) was a proposed United States Navy World War II Balao-class submarine. She has been the only U.S. Navy ship named for the wolffish (any of several large marine blennies, with strong teeth and great ferocity), although several U.S. Navy ships have been named for the seawolf, which is another name for the same fish.

Wolffish '​s construction by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was authorized but the contract for her construction was cancelled on 29 July 1944.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bauer, K. Jack; Roberts, Stephen S. (1991). Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990: Major Combatants. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. pp. 275–280. ISBN 0-313-26202-0. 
  2. ^ U.S. Submarines Through 1945 pp. 261
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i U.S. Submarines Through 1945 pp. 305-311