Allied Warships

R-12 (SS-89)

Submarine of the R-1 class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassR-1 
Pennant89 
Built byFore River Shipbuilding Co. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down28 Mar 1918 
Launched15 Aug 1919 
Commissioned23 Sep 1919 
Lost12 Jun 1943 
Loss position24° 24'N, 81° 38'W
History

Decommissioned on 7 December 1942.
Recommissioned on 16 October 1940.
USS R-12 (Lt.Cdr. E.E. Shelby, USN) sank during torpedo trials south of Key West in position 24°24.30'N, 81°38.30'W. 42 men died, including Brazilian observers. There were 5 survivors, the Commanding Officer, an other officer (Lt.(j.g.) W.D. Whetstone) and 3 enlisted men.

 

Commands listed for USS R-12 (89)

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CommanderFromTo
1Harry Benjamin Dodge, USN16 Oct 1940May 1941
2Arnold Frederick Schade, USNMay 1941Jul 1941
3Harry Benjamin Dodge, USNJul 1941Jan 1942
4Edward Ellis Shelby, USNJan 194212 Jun 1943

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Notable events involving R-12 include:


1 Mar 1942
USS R-12 departed New London, Connecticut for St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

12 Mar 1942
USS R-12 arrived at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands from New London, Connecticut.

23 Nov 1942
USS R-12 arrived at Key West, Florida from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for repairs to her battery.

12 Dec 1942
With her repairs completed, USS R-12, departed Key West, Florida for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

15 Dec 1942
USS R-12 arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from Key West, Florida.

17 Feb 1943
USS R-12 departed Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for Bermuda.

22 Feb 1943
USS R-12 arrived at Bermuda from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

24 Feb 1943
USS R-12 departed Bermuda for New London, Connecticut.

27 Feb 1943
USS R-12 arrived at New London, Connecticut from Bermuda.

1 May 1943
USS R-12 departed New London, Connecticut for Key West, Florida.

11 May 1943
USS R-12 arrived at Key West, Florida from New London, Connecticut.

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


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