2,440tons (2,479t) 7in (93.75m)Beam:27ft 4in (8.33m)Draft:17ft (5.2m)Propulsion:
Range:17,000 nautical miles (31,000km) surfaced at 11 knots (20km/h)Endurance:36 hours at 3 knots (6km/h) submergedComplement:
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- 17.3 knots (32.0km/h) maximum
- 12.5 knots (23.2km/h) cruising
- 15.0 knots (27.8km/h) for ½ hour
- 7.5 knots (13.9km/h) snorkeling
- 3.0 knots (5.6km/h) cruising
- 10 officers
- 5 petty officers
- 64–69 enlisted men
- 10 ×21 inch (533 mm)torpedo tubes
- (six forward, four aft)
- all guns removed
USSSea Poacher(SS/AGSS-406), aBalao-classsubmarine, was a vessel of theUnited States Navynamed for the sea poacher, a slender, mailed fish of the North Atlantic.
Sea Poacher(SS-406) was built by thePortsmouth Navy YardinKittery, Maine; launched on 20 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. J. H. Spiller, wife of Commander Spiller, hull superintendent at the Navy Yard; and commissioned on 31 July 1944, Commander Francis M. Gambacorta in command.Contents
World War II
- 1World War II
- 21946 – 1974
- 4Honors and awards
- 6External links
Following underway trials, training, and shakedown in thePortsmouth, New Hampshire, andNew London, Connecticut, areas,Sea Poachertransited thePanama Canaland arrived atPearl Harboron 25 October 1944. Although her first two war patrols were unproductive, during the third, conducted in theKuril Islandsarea,Sea Poachertorpedoed and sank aJapanesetrawlerand, four days later, sent two fishing boats to the bottom in a surface attack. During the latter action, three crewmen were injured when the 20millimeter gun exploded. Due to the seriousness of their injuries, the patrol was terminated ahead of schedule, and the submarine returned toMidway.
After conducting her fourth war patrol off the eastern coast Poacherwas undergoing refitting at Pearl Harbor when the war ended on 15 August 1945.1946 – 1974
From 1946 to 1949,Sea Poacherwas based atBalboa,Canal Zone, as a unit of Submarine Squadron 6 (SubRon 6) engaging in fleet exercises and antisubmarine training, and, on 1 June 1949, was transferred toKey West,Florida, as a unit ofSubRon 4. In 1951, the submarine became the firstGUPPY IAconversion performed at theCharleston Naval Shipyard.
For the remainder of her 25-year career,Sea Poacheroperated for the most part in the Key West andCaribbeanareas, providing services to various units of theAtlantic Fleetwith time out for tours of duty with the6th Fleetin theMediterraneanand various exercises withNATOforces. On 10 July 1952, while operating in the Key West area, the submarine had the unique experience of rescuing ablimpwhich had suffered an engine casualty and was floating helplessly in the water. The submarine promptly came to the aid of the strickenairshipand proceeded to tow it the 40 miles (64km) back to its base atNaval Air Station, Boca Chica, Florida.
In July 1959,Sea Poacherwas transferred toSubRon 12, also based at Key West, and continued to serve as a unit of this squadron for the remainder of her active service. In the fall of 1962,Sea Poacherwas deployed with other Atlantic Fleet units maintaining the quarantine imposed onCubaduring themissile crisis.
In 1969,Sea Poacherconcluded her service with a 31⁄2-month deployment to the eastern and northernAtlanticareas to participate in antisubmarine training exercises with units of navies. Upon returning to Key West, the submarine operated locally and in the Caribbean until 20 October when she set sail forPhiladelphiaand in-activation.Sea Poacherwas reclassified an Auxiliary SubmarineAGSS-306on 1 November, decommissioned on 15 November 1969, and was assigned to theAtlantic Reserve FleetatPhiladelphia. On 30 June 1971, she reassumed the designation of a fleet submarine (SS). On 15 August 1973, her name was struck from theNavy List, and the submarine was sold toPeruin July 1974.BAPLa Pedrera(S-49)
Sea Poacherwas transferred (sold) under terms of the Security Assistance Program, toPeru, 1 July 1974. She was commissioned into thePeruvian Navy, initially as BAPPabellón de Pica(S-49), but her name was changed a few weeks later toLa Pedrera. She was taken out of service in 1995, and relegated to pierside training.Honors and awards
AsSea Poacher, she received fourbattle starsforWorld War IIservice.