USS Albacore by danapommet ()
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Poking around New Hampshire, I found the USS Albacore (AGSS-569) sitting in a hole at 600 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801. I think that the hole is supposed to be full of water. The USS Albacore was a unique research submarine that pioneered the American version of the teardrop hull form of modern submarines.
You are looking at the stern of the submarine and at the X configuration of her diving planes and her double counter rotating propellers.
Wikipedia says: Construction started: March 15, 1952
Launched: August 1, 1953 Length: 210' (64 meters)
Her displacement was 1240 tons empty & 1540 tons loaded
She had a complement of 5 officers and 49 crew
Two Diesel engines & one electric motor
25 knots on the surface and 33 knots submerged
Thanks for stopping by, taking a look and for all your previous favs and comments.
They are very much appreciated.
Image Comments (28)
jayfar () 11:28PM | Mon, 29 June 2015
Those props look too small to propel the sub but hey I am no engineer. Great info Dana.
durleybeachbum () 12:22AM | Tue, 30 June 2015
A strange but interesting object to grace a public space.
Faemike55 () 12:32AM | Tue, 30 June 2015
hate to see a fine ship like this grounded as such. Great capture of the stern assembly
mtdana () 1:09AM | Tue, 30 June 2015
The design looks very modern - those props must be larger than they look if the ship is 64 meters!!! Great capture!!!
Keep in mind that it was an experimental submarine and it started out with one prop and was upgraded to two props rotating in the same direction. The third generation was two props that rotated in opposite directions. Sometimes the tests were towed by tugboats!
T.Rex () 5:18AM | Tue, 30 June 2015
Thanks for this information and the photo. I remember this sub because it was much written about at the time. The counter rotating screws were very effective propulsion wise, but caused a lot of cavitation which gave away the sub's location. The streamline hull was also revolutionary at the time. My father was an expert in hull design and studied the USS Albacore before he wound up in hull design for research subs and the navy's ICBM and hunter-killer subs (top secret work - I know nothing about it beyond what I've written here). Just HOW did the sub wind up in New Hampshire (no contact with any ocean!)? Any chance of a photo of the rest of the Albacore? :-)
Hey T.Rex, Thanks for visiting my gallery. The USS Albacore was built at the Portsmouth New Hampshire Naval Shipyard - often called the Portsmouth Navy Yard, which is located in Kittery, Maine. Your Dad would understand the secrecy part of all of that. Hew Hampshire does have a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean - 17 whole miles. :o)
Erestorfan () 8:48AM | Tue, 30 June 2015
Nice capture, Dana. I've been buy this sub many times and yes, it is usually sitting in water. Every time I look at this sub I can't imagine that many people stuck in it. I would have gone crazy!!!
CavalierLady () 8:52AM | Tue, 30 June 2015
It does seem unusual to see this on dry ground. Well found and photographed, Dana.
0rest4wicked () Online Now! 8:53AM | Tue, 30 June 2015
Nice slim line design, and I see a spot of water underneath!
Cyve () 11:17AM | Tue, 30 June 2015
Merci pour les infos Dana et cette image est vraiment intéressante !!!
MrsRatbag () 4:08PM | Tue, 30 June 2015
This piece of it doesn't look anywhere near big enough for that many crew! Unless the name "Albacore" means that like the tuna, they were packed in tightly...great photo!
eekdog () Online Now! 4:53PM | Tue, 30 June 2015
good info and nice shot. does look like there should be water..
SunriseGirl () 12:54AM | Wed, 01 July 2015
Interesting shot and info. It almost sounds as if you have personal experience with subs. My dad was in the submarine service in the 50's albiet on the other side of the continent.