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S-13

 

(SS-118: dp. 876 (surf.), 1,092 (subm.); l. 231'; b. 21'10"; dr. 13'1"; s. 15 k. (surf.), 11 k. (subm.); cpl. 42; a. 5 21" tt., 1 4"; cl. S-S)

 

S-13 (SS-118) was laid down on 14 February 1920 by the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard; launched on 20 October 1921; sponsored by Miss Mary Howe; and commissioned on 14 July 1923, Lt. Wilder D. Baker in command.

 

Following duty along the northeast coast in 1923, S-13 visited the Panama Canal Zone, St. Thomas, and Trinidad from January into April 1924. Sailing from New London on 24 November, she proceeded, via the Panama Canal and California, visited Hawaii from 27 April to 25 May 1925, and returned to New London on 12 July. In addition to service in the northeast from then through 1928, S-13 operated in the Panama Canal area from February through April 1926; visited Kingston, Jamaica, from 20 to 28 March 1927; and served again in the Panama Canal area from February into April 1928. From 1929 into 1936, S-13 operated almost exclusively in the Panama Canal area, although she visited Baltimore from 15 May to 5 June 1933, and New London from 15 May to 1 June 1935. Departing Coco Solo on 13 June 1936, S-13 was decommissioned on 30 September that year at Philadelphia.

 

S-13 was recommissioned on 28 October 1940. Following voyages to Bermuda, S-13 operated in the Panama Canal area from December 1941 into June 1942; off Guantanamo from June into August; in the Panama Canal area from August into January 1944; at Trinidad from February into May; at Guantanamo from May through July; and in the Panama Canal area through the remainder of the year. Departing Coco Solo on 3 January 1945, S-1S proceeded to Philadelphia for inactivation. She was decommissioned on 10 April 1945, struck from the Navy list on 19 May and sold on 28 October of that year to Rosoff Bros., New York City. Resold to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, Pa., on an unspecified date, she was scrapped.