Military Wiki
USS C-4 (SS-15)
The USS C-4 underway, 1909
The USS C-4 underway, 1909.
Name: USS Bonita
Builder: Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts
Launched: 17 June 1909
Commissioned: 23 November 1909
Decommissioned: 15 August 1919
Renamed: C-4, 17 November 1911
Fate: Sold for scrap, 13 April 1920
General characteristics
Class & type: C-class submarine
Displacement: 238 long tons (242 t) surfaced
275 long tons (279 t) submerged[1]
Length: 105 ft 4 in (32.11 m)
Beam: 13 ft 11 in (4.24 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion: Craig gasoline engines
electric motors
2 × shafts
Speed: 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h) surfaced
9 kn (10 mph; 17 km/h) submerged[1]
Complement: 15 officers and enlisted
Armament: 2 × 18 in (460 mm) bow torpedo tubes (4 torpedoes)[1]

USS C-4 (SS-15) was a C-class submarine of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down by Fore River Shipbuilding Company in Quincy, Massachusetts, under a subcontract from Electric Boat Company, as Bonita. She was launched on 17 June 1909 sponsored by Mrs. J. C. Townsend, and commissioned on 23 November 1909, Lieutenant F. V. McNair in command. She was renamed C-4 on 17 November 1911.

Service history

Assigned first to the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet, and later to the Atlantic Submarine Flotilla, Bonita plied east coast waters until May 1913, when she cleared Norfolk, Virginia for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her tactical exercises and development operations continued here and from Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone, where she reported on 12 December 1913. In August 1917, sailing with two other submarines, she explored the suitability of Panamanian ports as advance submarine bases. Laid up at Coco Solo Canal Zone from 12 November 1918, C-4 was decommissioned there on 15 August 1919, and sold on 13 April 1920.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fitzsimons, Bernard, ed. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Weapons and Warfare (London: Phoebus, 1978), Volume 19, p.2037, "Octopus".

External links

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).