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United States B-class submarine
USS Tarantula - 19-N-60-9-5
USS B-3, underway near the New York Navy Yard, 1909.
Class overview
Builders: Fore River Shipbuilding, Quincy, Massachusetts
Operators: Flag of the United States.svg United States Navy
Preceded by: Plunger class
Succeeded by: C class
In commission: 1907–1921
Completed: 3
Retired: 3
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
Displacement: 145 long tons (147 t) surfaced
173 long tons (176 t) submerged
Length: 82 ft 6 in (25.15 m)
Beam: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Draft: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Installed power: 250 hp (190 kW) (gasoline engines)
150 hp (110 kW) (electric motors)
Propulsion: Gasoline engines
Electric motors
1 shaft
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph) surfaced
8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) submerged
Complement: 10 officers and enlisted
Armament: 2 × 18 in (460 mm) bow torpedo tubes (2 × torpedoes)

The B class submarines were three boats built for the United States Navy by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company in Quincy, Massachusetts, under a subcontract from the Electric Boat Company.[1]

ShipsEdit

  • B-1 (SS-10), launched on 30 March 1907 as Viper, and renamed B-1 on 17 November 1911. Decommissioned on 1 December 1921, and used as a target.[2]
  • B-2 (SS-11), launched on 1 September 1906 as Cuttlefish, and renamed B-2 on 17 November 1911. Decommissioned on 12 December 1919, and used as a target.[3]
  • B-3 (SS-12), launched on 30 March 1907 as Tarantula, and renamed B-3 on 17 November 1911. Decommissioned on 25 July 1921, and used as a target.[4]

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