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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, December 17, 1927
Collision with USCG Paulding
On December 17, while surfacing from a submerged run over the measured-mile off Provincetown, Cape Cod, Mass., S-4 was accidentally rammed and sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Paulding (CG-17, ex USN destroyer DD-22). ... The only thing to surface, as Paulding stopped and lowered life boats, was a small amount of oil and air bubbles. Rescue and salvage operations were commenced, only to be thwarted by severe weather setting in. ... Gallant efforts were made to rescue six known survivors trapped in the forward torpedo room, who had exchanged a series of signals with divers, by tapping on the hull. However, despite the efforts, the men were lost. ... S-4 was finally raised on 17 March 1928 and towed to the Boston Navy Yard for dry-docking. She was decommissioned on the 19th.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 38

Namesort descending Service Branch
EN Clarence Bethke USN
RM Walter Bishop USN
EMC Earl Boone USN
FN Henry Brown USN
SN C. Burrell USN
MM Charles Calcott USN
RMC Elmer Cash USN
TM Russell Crabb USN
MM William Dempsey USN
SM R. Difenbach USN
MoMM John Fenell USN
LT Graham Fitch USN
FN Daniel Galvin USN
EM Donald Goering USN
MM Peder Haaland USN
CS Victor Haney USN
SN Buster Harris USN
MMC Aaron Hodges USN
MM Arthur Hodges USN
LCDR (CO) R. Jones USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships