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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 ascending Service Branch
FN James White USN
LT Donald Weller USN
SN Walter Tolson USN
EN Carl Thompson USN
SD Mariano Tedah USN
SN C. Strange USN
SN Joseph Stevens USN
EN T. Sternman USN
TM Frank Snizek USN
TM Roger Short USN
EN A. Seaton USN
EM Rudolph Rose USN
COX John Powers USN
SN George Pelham USN
EN Fred O'Shields USN
LT J. McGinley USN
FN J. Long USN
EM Paul Kemper USN
LCDR (CO) R. Jones USN
MMC Aaron Hodges USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships