USS Torsk (SS-423) was built at Portsmouth
Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
Her keel was laid on 7 June 1944, and she was launched on
the afternoon of 6 September 1944.
Rear Admiral Thomas Withers, USN, Commandant of
the Portsmouth Navy Yard stands with
Mrs Allen B Reed (on the right in the photo),
Torsk's sponsor, and Mrs Reed's daughters Mrs Lane C Kaley and
Miss Katherine Reed who acted as her assistants.
Admiral Withers presented a bouquet of roses to
Mrs Reed and corsages to each of the daughters.
LT (JG) Paul P.
Galliger, USNR, Navy Yard Chaplain, offers a prayer before Torsk is
Mrs Allen B. Reed
christens USS Torsk SS-423
C Earle Chick, chief
clerk in the Disbursing Office at the Navy Yard, pulled the trigger that
sent Torsk down the launching ways into the Piscataqua River
Not fully complete,
Torsk would be taken by tugs to the fitting out pier for more work before
could be commissioned into the US Navy.
Launching the boats
in an unfinished condition allowed the building ways to be cleared for new
construction to start. This allowed submarine construction to continue at a
A few souveniers
of Torsk's launch (L-R):
postmarked 6 September 1944, Kittery, Maine
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