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Sealion (Sargo-class)

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassSargo-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-195
BuilderElectric Boat Company
Laid Down20 Jun 1938
Launched25 May 1939
Commissioned27 Nov 1939
Sunk10 Dec 1941
Displacement1,450 tons standard; 2,340 tons submerged
Length310 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft14 feet
MachineryGeneral Electric diesel engines, General Electric motors
Bunkerage190,000 gallons, 252 battery cells
Power Output5,500 shaft horsepower
Speed20 knots
Armament1x76mm gun, 8x533mm torpedo tubes
Submerged Speed7.75 knots


ww2dbaseWith Lieutenant J. K. Morrison, Jr. in command, Sealion joined Submarine Division 17 upon commissioning, and sailed with her division for the Philippine Islands in the spring of 1940. She patrolled the Philippine waters until Oct 1941, and was put in the Cavite navy Yard for a regular overhaul. While in the yard, she was attacked by Japanese aircraft and took two direct hits as the navy yard around her was practically destroyed. The first bomb struck the after end of her conning tower and exploded outside the hull over the control room. The second broke through into a main ballast tank and the pressure hull to explode in the after engine room, killing four men. She developed a 15 degree list while the interior flooded. Two days after the attack, it was determined that she could not be saved, and order was given to scuttle her. All salvageable equipment were taken off, then she was destroyed by depth charges placed inside the hull.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: May 2007

Sealion (Sargo-class) Operational Timeline

27 Nov 1939 Sealion (Sargo-class) was commissioned into service.


Sealion off Provincetown, Massachusetts, during trials, 6 Oct 1939

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Sealion off Provincetown, Massachusetts, during trials, 6 Oct 1939

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