USS Grampus (SS-4)
USS Grampus in dry dock at Mare Island, 1906
|Builder:||Union Iron Works, San Francisco|
|Laid down:||10 December 1900|
|Launched:||31 July 1902|
|Commissioned:||28 May 1903|
|Decommissioned:||25 July 1921|
|Struck:||16 January 1922|
|Fate:||Sunk as target|
|Class and type:||Plunger-class submarine|
|Displacement:||107 long tons (109 t)|
|Length:||63 ft 10 in (19.46 m)|
|Beam:||11 ft 11 in (3.63 m)|
|Draft:||10 ft 7 in (3.23 m)|
|Complement:||7 officers and men|
|Armament:||1 × 18 inch (450 mm) torpedo tube|
Her keel was laid down on 10 December 1900 at San Francisco, California, by Union Iron Works, a subcontractor for the Holland Torpedo Boat Company of New York City. She was launched on 31 July 1902 sponsored by Mrs. Marley F. Hay, wife of the Superintendent of Construction at Union Iron Works.
Her christening was marred by a failure of the ribbon from which the champagne was hung, leading some sailors to believe she was cursed.
Over the next three and a half years, Grampus operated out of the San Francisco, California, area, principally in training and experimental work. On 18 April 1906, men from her crew participated in relief efforts after the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Decommissioned at Mare Island on 28 November, Grampus remained inactive until recommissioned on 13 June 1908. Subsequently assigned to the First Submarine Division, Pacific Torpedo Flotilla, in January 1910, and to the Pacific Fleet in March 1911, the submarine torpedo boat operated locally off the California coast until assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet on 28 June 1912. Toward the end of her active service, on 17 November 1911, Grampus was renamed A-3.
A-3 remained inactive, at the Puget Sound Navy Yard into 1915. On 16 February 1915, she was hoisted onto the collier Hector, which sailed soon thereafter for the Philippines with A-3 and her sister ship, A-5 (ex-Pike), as deck cargo. Hector arrived at Olongapo, site of the Subic Bay Naval Base, on 26 March, and returned A-3 to the water 10 April.
Commissioned at Olongapo a week later, on 17 April, A-3 was assigned to the First Submarine Division, Torpedo Flotilla, Asiatic Fleet, and remained in active service with that unit until decommissioned at Cavite on 25 July 1921. During World War I, A-3 patrolled the waters off the entrance to Manila Bay. On 17 July 1920, A-3 was given the hull number SS-4.
Dismantled and used as a target by ships of the Asiatic Fleet, A-3 was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 16 January 1922.
- San Francisco Call, Volume XCII, Number 62, 1 August 1902, page 10. retrieved 07/03/2015 from http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19020801.2.132#
- Pigboats (retrieved 27 February 2018)