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Skipjack color question

Postby Casey Thrower » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:04 pm

Does anyone know if the Skipjack class was red or black below the waterline? Also, where exactly was the water line on this boat. I've seen several different versions from a straight down the middle waterline to a oblong more topside version. Color photos are hard to find. I have never seen a color drydock picture either.
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Re: Skipjack color question

Postby Boss subfixer » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:05 pm

Casey,
Look through the sections at Navsourse. There are a bunch of pictures there. At the top of each page for a given boat you want to look for a link to additional pages. There is a good drydock photo of USS Scamp that shows the top half of the boat black and the bottom half is red. The picture was taken in 1981 and is black & white but those are the colors, I've actually worked on her right before she was decommissioned. I hope this helps.
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Re: Skipjack color question

Postby Casey Thrower » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:27 am

Thanks, Boss.
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Re: Skipjack color question

Postby Tom Dougherty » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:42 pm

Sometimes the subs are painted by the builder red up to the freeboard water mark.
See:http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/0858849.jpg and http://navsource.org/archives/08/100/0858840.jpg
But Ingalls shipyard launched them in half red/half black, as seen in this B&W photo of Sculpin http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/0859000.jpg
Although in B&W, one can see the red/black line is now halfway down the hull in service:
http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/0858820.jpg and http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/0858821.jpg
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