U.S.S. Croaker - United States

The retired World War II submarine U.S.S. Croaker is seen in this photograph being towed upbound in the Welland Canal during the afternoon hours of November 20th, 1988. At the time it was taken they were approaching lock 2 in St. Catharines destined for Buffalo, New York where Croaker was to become part of Buffalo's existing Marine Museum.

She was built at the Electric Boat Company in Graton, Connecticut as a hunter killer submarine and was originally a unit of the Gato class. Her construction began on April 1st, 1943, she was launched December 19th of that year and entered war service on April 21st, 1944. On August 15th 1959 Croaker and her class mates were re-designated as research vessels and during the late 1960s they were mothballed.

Copyright © - Jeff Cameron - 1988, 2001 - all rights reserved.
This photograph was added to the archives on September 29, 2001

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