Allied Warships

Shark (i) (SS-174)

Submarine of the Shark class

USS Shark as completed

NavyThe US Navy
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Laid down24 Oct 1933 
Launched21 May 1935 
Commissioned25 Jan 1936 
Lost11 Feb 1942 
Loss position1° 45'N, 127° 15'E

USS Shark (Lt.Cdr. Louis Shane, Jr., USN) is most probably sunk by the Japanese destroyer Yamakaze (offsite link) on 11 February 1942 in the Molucca Sea about 140 nautical miles east of Menado, Celebes in position 01º45'N, 127º15'E. The destroyer spotted a surfaced submarine and opened fire with its 5" guns noting the sub soon started to sink. Voices were heard in the water but no attempt was made to rescue survivors.


Commands listed for USS Shark (i) (174)

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1Charles John Cater, USN25 Jan 1936May 1939
2Philip Dow Compton, USNMay 193925 Mar 1941
3Lt. Lawrence Randall Daspit, USN25 Mar 194117 Apr 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Louis Shane, Jr., USN17 Apr 194111 Feb 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Shark (i) include:

9 Dec 1941
USS Shark (Lt.Cdr. Louis Shane, Jr.) left Manila for her first war patrol. She was ordered to patrol Tayabas Bay.

21 Dec 1941
USS Shark (Lt.Cdr. Louis Shane, Jr.) picked up Admiral Thomas Charles Hart at Manila and transported him to Surabaya.

Media links

The Last Patrol

Holmes, Harry

U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret

U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman
(£ 56.95)

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