The Crevalle was a Balao Class Submarine of the United States Navy Displacement: 1,825 tons surfaced, 2,414 tons submerged Length: 311'9" Beam: 27'3" Draft: 15'3" Powered by Four 16 cylinder General Motors Main Diesel engines and Four Main Electric Generators Four General Electric Main Motors One 12 Cylinder Auxiliary Diesel Engine (Dinky) Maximum Power 5,400hp Surfaced and 2,740hp Submerged Maximum Speed: 20.25 Knots Surfaced, 8.75 Knots Submerged Armament: 1 4" 102mm Deck Gun and Two 12.7mm Machine Guns 21" Torpedo Tubes, Six Forward and Four Aft Carrying Capacity of 24 Torpedoes and 40 Mines Complement: 60-80 Crew
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Crevalle Underway 1962
A NEW BOOK ABOUT THE BOAT IN WWII.
This book is in addition to Captain William Ruhe's magnificent account of the exploits of the USS Crevalle (War in the Boats-My e
Built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
The submarine CREVALLE is the namesake of the "Bulldog of the Sea" the crevalle or jack (CARAEX HIPPOS). The narrow bony appendage ahead of the tail gave rise to the nickname "hardtail". Therefore the crew of the CREVALLE was known as the "Horrible Hardtails". The yellow mackerel, a sport and food fish, is found on both coasts of tropical America, and in the Atlantic as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This voracious fish is known for its stubborn tactics possessing all the qualities of the most tenacious bulldog. CREVALLE and her Crew have a history that in all respects justifies its name.
The keel was laid down in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine (PNS) on 14 November 1942. CREVALLE was the 56th submarine launched at PNS on 22 February 1943; the official sponsor was Mrs. Una Gielow Fisher, wife of Rear Admiral Charles W. Fisher, USN.
Schematic of a World War Two Fleet Boat
Commissioned 24 June 1943
On 24 June 1943, CREVALLE was commissioned in the United States Navy with a thoroughly war experienced Lieutenant Commander Henry G. Munson serving as her first commanding officer. Captain Munson had recently returned from the War in the Pacific after making six war patrols on board the USS S-38. CREVALLE'S initial training and shakedown was accomplished in the Portsmouth, NH and New London, CT areas. The boat (submarines are called boats because of the respect for the earlier submarines and the fact that officially the Navy at that time called anything smaller than a destroyer a boat) was then readied for her task ahead at The United States Submarine Base, Groton CT
COMMISSIONING CREW OF THE USS CREVALLE (SS291) JUNE 24. 1943
LTCDR HENRY G. MUNSON, USN COMMANDING OFFICER
LTCDR FRANCIS D. WALKER JR. USN EXECUTIVE OFFICER
LIEUT LUCIEN B. MC DONALD USN ENGINEERING OFFICER
LIEUT WILLIAM J. RUHE, USN GUNNERY OFFICER
LIEUT (JG) GEORGE F. MORIN, USNR COMMUNICATION OFFICER