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Exhibit by Steve Shay Frame 1, Page 7

A History of the Submarines Built at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard

USS Tuna SS-203
Tambor class
Launched October 2, 1940

Upper: Launch cover, design sponsored by Mare Island, shipyard machine postmark.
Lower: Commissioning cover, USS Tuna Type 3r(A-BTB) cancel, cachet sponsored by Al Cohen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Displacement of 2,370 tons, 308′ in length, one deck gun. Differing from Sargo class in silhouette, hull form and internal layout. Made 13 war patrols sinking 4 ships in the Pacific during World War II. Served as target vessel during atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll 1946. Survived two tests; decommissioned December 11, 1946. Disposed of by sinking off the California Coast in 1948.

 

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