Viper Class Submarine (1906)

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Three Viper class submarines[1] were completed for the U.S. Navy in 1907. On 17 November, 1911, they would be redesignated the "B" class and given names B-1 through B-3, not to be confused with submarines of Britain's "B" class.

Overview of 3 vessels
Citations for this data available on individual ship pages
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Completed Fate
Viper Fore River Shipbuilding Company 30 Mar, 1907 18 Oct, 1907 Expended 1922
Cuttlefish Fore River Shipbuilding Company 1 Sep, 1906 18 Oct, 1907 Expended 1922
Tarantula Fore River Shipbuilding Company 30 Mar, 1907 3 Dec, 1907 Expended 1922

Design and Construction



In 1916, all three "B" class boats were stationed in the Philippines in Manila Bay along with six "A" class boats, their crews living aboard their tenders Monadnock and Mohican.[2]


See Also


  1. It is uncertain if they were ever called such.
  2. Estimates Submitted to the Secretary of the Navy, Volume II, 1916. p. 1553.


  • Gray, Randal (editor) (1985). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on and

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