Shad file photo [1842]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassGato-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-235
BuilderPortsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States
Laid Down24 Oct 1941
Launched15 Apr 1942
Commissioned12 Jun 1942
Decommissioned1 Jan 1947
Displacement1,526 tons standard; 2,410 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft15 feet
MachineryFour Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, four Elliot Motor Co. motors, two screws
Bunkerage94,400 gallons, two 126-cell main storage batteries
Power Output5,400 shaft horsepower
Speed20 knots
Range11,000 nm at 10 knots
Submerged Speed8.75 knots
Final Decommission1 Apr 1960


ww2dbaseNamed for a fish just like many submarines of the era, Shad had her shakedown cruiser off the New England coast and held her first patrols in the Atlantic in places ranging from off West Africa to as far north as off Norway. In Sep 1943, she was transferred to the Pacific and performed six patrols by the end of the war. Notably, she performed patrols off the Japanese home islands and Taiwan near the end of the war, damaging a number of freighters (sinking of a small number of them) and disrupting Japanese logistics. She came off of the United States Navy's active list and became a training vessel in 1947. She was removed from that role in Apr 1960 and sold for scrap to Luria Brothers, Inc., Kearney, NJ in the same year.

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Last Major Revision: Sep 2006

Submarine Shad (SS-235) Interactive Map


ShadTwo submarines of US Navy Submarine Squadron 50 at Rosneath, Scotland, United Kingdom, circa 7 Dec 1942; sub possibilities were USS Barb, USS Blackfish, USS Herring, USS Shad, USS Gunnel, and USS GurnardUSS S-43 at the Bethlehem shipyard in San Francisco, California, United States, 26 Jan 1944; note scaffolding for USS Sailfish (left) and USS Shad (forward of S-43)Bow view of Shad, off San Francisco, circa Spring 1944
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Shad Operational Timeline

12 Jun 1942 Shad was commissioned into service.
1 Jan 1947 Shad was decommissioned from service.

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1. Brian Hutchings says:
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The interactive map shows the location as Scotland!

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