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USS Walrus (SS-431)
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Name: USS Walrus
Namesake: The walrus
Builder: Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (proposed)
Laid down: Never
Fate: Construction contract cancelled 29 July 1944
General characteristics
Class & 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]
Propulsion:
  • 4 × General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines driving electrical generators[2][3]
  • 2 × 126-cell Sargo batteries[4]
  • 4 × high-speed General Electric electric motors with reduction gears[2]
  • two propellers [2]
  • 5,400 shp (4.0 MW) surfaced[2]
  • 2,740 shp (2.0 MW) submerged[2]
Speed: 20.25 kn (37.50 km/h) surfaced,[5] 8.75 kn (16.21 km/h) submerged[5]
Range: 11,000 nmi (20,000 km) surfaced @ 10 kn (19 km/h)[5]
Endurance: 48 hours @ 2 kn (3.7 km/h) submerged,[5] 75 days on patrol
Test depth: 400 ft (120 m)[5]
Complement: 10 officers, 70–71 enlisted[5]
Armament:

USS Walrus (SS-431), a proposed United States Navy Balao-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the walrus. Her construction by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was authorized but the contract for her construction was cancelled on 29 July 1944.

The name USS Walrus was used for a fictional U.S. Navy submarine in Edward L. Beach's 1955 novel Run Silent, Run Deep.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Register
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Bauer, K. Jack; Roberts, Stephen S. (1991). Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775–1990: Major Combatants. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. pp. 275–280. ISBN 978-0-313-26202-9. 
  3. U.S. Submarines Through 1945 p. 261
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 U.S. Submarines Through 1945 pp. 305–311
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 U.S. Submarines Through 1945 pp. 305-311
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