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Career (United States)
Name: USS Whitefish
Namesake: The Coregonus or "whitefish"
Builder: Cramp Shipbuilding Company,Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (proposed)
Laid down: Never
Fate: Construction contract cancelled 29 July 1944
General characteristics
Class and 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]

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 (16.20 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 Whitefish (SS-432), a proposed United States Navy Balao-class submarine, was the only submarine of the United States Navy to be named for the Coregonus or "whitefish", a freshwater food fish closely related to the trout and salmon found in waters of the Northern Hemisphere. Her keel was to be laid down by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but the contract for her construction was cancelled on 29 July 1944.


  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. 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

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.



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