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The M-Boat

USS M-1
USS M-1 SS 47
The USS M-1 was the only "M" class submarine built. She was the longest submarine to be built to date by the United States until the USS T-1.
The M-1, shown here on builders sea trials, was suppose to embody all the newest technology in submarine construction and design. Her battery was of a new design and was to have solved some of the past flaws in submarine battery design and operation. Based on her short operational life span and the lack of any other "M" class submarines being built, it is probably safe to assume there were many flaws still present in her design.
Commissioned Feb 16, 1916 and decommissioned March 15, 1922. She was sold for scrap Sept 25, 1922.

USS M-1 in frame on the ways
USS M-1 in frame on the ways October 1, 1914
Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 in frame on the ways
USS M-1 in frame on the ways October 1, 1914
Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

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USS M-1 seen here in frame on the ways at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Mass. April 9, 1915.

Barely seen to the extreme right is the USS L-9. Even though her keel was laid 4 months after the M-1 she was launched less than a month after the M-1 and commissioned 6 months prior to the M-1. The M-1 was a larger submarine measuring 31 feet longer. There was just more submarine to build than an "L" class plus she was to be a class leader and many things were new to the design. The L-9 was to be sent to Europe and make war patrols out of Bantry Bay, Ireland. The problem prone M-1 would not leave home waters.

In the foreground a workman has weighted down a canvas to give him protection from the weather. The capstan has been installed ahead of the forward hatch. In the background is seen Mill Cove in North Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum


USS M-1 sliding down the ways Sept 14, 1915
USS M-1 sliding down the ways Sept 14, 1915.
Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 sliding down the ways Sept 14, 1915
USS M-1 sliding down the ways Sept 14, 1915.
Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 control room looking forward
USS M-1 control room looking forward and starboard.
The door goes fwd to the forward battery compartment and berthing.

Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 control room looking forward
USS M-1 control room looking forward and port.
Helm is to the right and bow and stern planes to the left.

Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 control room looking aft
USS M-1 this is thought to be the aft end of the control room looking aft.
It contains the galley stove and sink and electrical panels. Door would lead to the engine room.

Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 offices quarters?
USS M-1 this is thought to be the offices quarters? looking aft.
Bunk on right is lifted up to expose stowage. Sink on aft bulkhead.

Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 on seatrial


USS M-1 crew
USS M-1 crew

USS M-1 Pierside Oct 18, 1915
USS M-1 Pierside Oct 18, 1915

USS M-1 Pierside Oct 18, 1915
USS M-1 Pierside Oct 18, 1915

USS M-1 3/23 retracting deck gun mounted at EB, 1917
USS M -1 3"/23 retracting deck gun mounted at EB, 1917
Photo courtesy of Bill Lightfoot, author of Beneath The Surface.

USS M-1 3/23 retracting deck gun mounted at EB, 1917
USS M -1 3"/23 retracting deck gun mounted at EB, 1917
Photo courtesy of Bill Lightfoot, author of Beneath The Surface.

USS M-1 3/23 retracting deck gun mounted at EB, 1917
USS M -1 3"/23 retracting deck gun mounted at EB, 1917
Photo courtesy of Bill Lightfoot, author of Beneath The Surface.

USS M-1 interior, forward battery compartment looking aft.
USS M-1 interior, forward battery compartment looking aft.
The tube hanging down is the housing for the 3"/23 recessed deck gun.
Door to the Control Room is on the left of the gun housing.
Crews bunks can be seen triced up to the overheads.

Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 interior, forward battery compartment looking forward.
USS M-1 interior, forward battery compartment looking forward.
There apears to be a folding sink on the door going forward.
Crews bunks can be seen triced up to the overheads.

Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 interior, forward battery compartment looking forward.
USS M-1 interior, forward battery compartment looking forward.
There apears to be a folding sink on the door going forward.
Crews bunks can be seen triced up to the overheads.

Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 engine room looking forward.
USS M-1 engine room looking forward.
Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 engine room looking aft.
USS M-1 engine room looking aft.
Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 motor room looking forward.
USS M-1 motor room looking forward.
Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 engine room looking aft and port.
USS M-1 engine room looking aft and port.
Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

USS M-1 moored with the L-2, L-4 and L-9.
USS M-1 moored with the L-2, L-4 and L-9 April 5, 1916.
Photo courtesy of The US Navy Submarine Force Museum

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