Answers to Sub Mystery Questions from 25 NOV 2014
1 - What says the inscription on the brass plaque? ANS: "DEDICATED TO THE USS SEAWOLF LOST IN WWII"
2 - To what submarine does this plaque refer (hull number). ANS: SS-197.
3 - (Answer only the most appropriate of the following statements):
.... The vessel is currently in commission and was launched _____ (date). X
.... The vessel is on Eternal Patrol and was lost ____ (date?) ANS: 3 OCT 1944.
4 - Select the most appropriate question to answer as required:
...a) The plaque is mounted on the CO's stateroom door. Y/N? N
...b) The plaque rests on the desk of an elected senator in Washington, D.C.. Y/N? N
...c) The plaque is mounted on the door of a Pentagon office. Y/N? N
...d) The plaque is mounted on _____ (object) and ____ (geographical location). ANS: A plaque commemorating each of WWII's fifty-two lost U.S. subs is positioned on a sequential pew in The Chapel of the Thames (located on the US Navy Submarine Base in Groton, CT).
...e) None of the above. Y/N? N
5 - To what submarine specs (class) was this boat originally built? ANS: Portsmouth N.S. (Government) Sargo class specs.
6 - We receive little or no news of this submarine. Why is that? ANS: Seawolf was sunk during submerged transit in a mistaken attack by USS Rowell (DE-403); all men on Seawolf were lost (100 officers and men including 16 Army personnel).
Submarines are always silent and strange.