Allied Warships

S-36 (SS-141)

Submarine of the S-1 class

S-36 as completed in 1923.

NavyThe US Navy
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp., (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) 
Laid down10 Dec 1918 
Launched3 Jun 1919 
Commissioned4 Apr 1923 
Lost20 Jan 1942 
Loss position4° 57'N, 118° 31'E

USS S-36 (Lt. John Roland McKnight, Jr., USN) stranded on Taka Bakang Reef in the Makassar Strait, Dutch East Indies in position 04º57'N, 118º31'E and despite lengthy attempts the crew could not get the boat free again. The crew was rescued by the Dutch motor launch Attla the next day.


Commands listed for USS S-36 (141)

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1Lt. Rob Roy McGregor, USN1939Aug 1940
2Lt. John Rowland McKnight, Jr., USNAug 194020 Jan 1942

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Notable events involving S-36 include:

3 Dec 1941
Around 0100 hours USS S-36 (Lt. J.R. McKnight, Jr.) departed from Manila Bay to take up a defensive position off Cape Bolinao. Later that day she arrived in her patrol area. Around 1930 hours she entered Bolinao harbour where she remained until 8 December.

8 Dec 1941
USS S-36 (Lt. J.R. McKnight, Jr.) departed from Bolinao to patrol off Lingayen Gulf.

18 Dec 1941
USS S-36 (Lt. J.R. McKnight, Jr.) ended her 1st war patrol at Mariveles.

30 Dec 1941
USS S-36 (Lt. J.R. McKnight, Jr.) departed from Mariveles for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Verde Island Passage.

1 Jan 1942
USS S-36 (Lt. J.R. McKnight, Jr.) makes a torpedo attack on a Japanese merchant of about 5000 GRT off Calapan, Mindoro. She claims a sinking but this was not the case.

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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