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USS Barracuda in Drydock at Portsmouth Navy Yard, New Hampshire

A submarine at dry dock with scaffolding and work crews along the side
Description: Drawing, Pen and Ink on Paper; by Vernon Howe Bailey; 1941; Framed Dimensions 31H X 39W
Accession #: 88-165-CB
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After thirteen years of service beginning in 1924, USS BARRACUDA was decommissioned in 1937 and placed in the reserves.  The submarine was recommissioned in 1940.  The submarine is seen in a drydock at the Portsmouth Navy Yard before it left the Yard in March of 1941 to join Submarine Division 71 operating in the New England area. 


Established by the Federal Government in 1800, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) launched its first product, the 74-gun warship USS Washington, in 1815.  During World War I, the PNSY workforce expanded to nearly 5,000.  At this time, PNSY took on a new and important role—the construction of submarines—in addition to the overhaul and repair of surface vessels.  World War II saw the civilian employment rolls swell to over 25,000.  Over the course of World War II over 70 submarines were constructed at PNSY, with a record four submarines launched on one day.  Following World War II, PNSY was the Navy’s center for submarine design and development.  PNSY continued to build submarines until 1969, when the last submarine built in a public shipyard, the nuclear powered USS Sand Lance, was launched.  Today the Shipyard continues the tradition of excellence and service to the Navy and the nation by supplying the U.S Navy's submarine fleet with high quality, affordable, overhaul, refueling and modernization work.


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