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USS A-6, ex USS Porpoise (SS-7)

1903-1922 

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS A-6, ex USS Porpose (SS-7). 

The submarine torpedo boat USS A-6 was originally laid down as Porpoise (Submarine Torpedo Boat No. 7) on 13 December 1900 at Elizabethport, N.J., by the Crescent Shipyard of Lewis Nixon, a subcontractor for the John P. Holland Torpedo Boat Co. of New York; launched on 23 September 1901; sponsored by Mrs. E.B. Frost, the wife of E.B. Frost of Crescent Shipyard; and commissioned at the Holland yard at New Suffolk, N.Y., on 19 September 1903, Lt. Charles P. Nelson in command.

Renamed USS A-6 (Submarine Torpedo Boat No. 7) on 17 November 1911, she patrolled the entrance to Manila Bay and convoyed vessels out of port during World War I, under the command of Lt. A.H. Bailey. Placed in ordinary on 1 December 1918, she spent a little over a year in that status, until decommissioned on 12 December 1919 and turned over to the Commandant of the Naval Station at Cavite, for disposal. Given the identification number SS-7 on 17 July 1920, USS A-6 was authorized for use as a target in July 1921 and as of 16 January 1922 was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register.

For the full history of USS A-6, please see its DANFS page.