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Steel Sign: USS Wahoo SS-238

USS Wahoo
USS Wahoo
Item# LS2151-MK

Product Description

After the devastating raid on Pearl Harbor, most of the strength of the Pacific Fleet had been decimated. However, the submarine force survived unscathed. US submarines were soon out patrolling hostile waters in search of Japanese shipping. Early results were lackluster however captains learned to be more aggressive in their tactics, and things soon began to change.

This new submarine warfare, primarily led by the Wahoo’s second captain, Dudley “Mush” Morton. Under Morton’s leadership, the Wahoo soon became the leading submarine regarding shipping tonnage sunk. Americans followed news of the submarine with high interest and the exploits of the Wahoo became legendary. The legend was forever cemented in US lore when, on her seventh patrol, the Wahoo failed to return home.

The loss of the Wahoo remained a mystery until 2006 when she was finally located in La Perouse Strait, on the ocean bottom, laying in about 213 feet of water. Japanese records indicated a submarine was attacked in the area with bombs from aircraft as well as depth charges from destroyers. Divers examining the wreck were able to determine it was most likely a bomb from one of the airplanes that tore a hole into the Wahoo and sunk her.

Eighty men, including “Mush” Morton, lay at the bottom of the ocean, forever entombed in the ship they made so legendary. They made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us who enjoy freedom in this world. The Wahoo and her crew remain on “Eternal Patrol”.

This USS Wahoo SS-238 Submarine by Mark Karvon metal sign measures 12 inches by 18 inches and weighs in at just over 2 lb(s). We hand make all of our vintage metal signs in the USA using heavy gauge American steel. These metal prints are made to last and make great gifts for any occasion.We then perform a vintaging process by hand to give this tin sign a more retro and nostalgic look and feel. This metal sign is drilled and riveted for easy hanging.