Bashaw SS-241 - History

Bashaw SS-241 - History

Bashaw SS-241


(SS-241: dp. 1526; 1. 311'9", b. 27'3", dr. 17'; s. 20.3 k.
cpl. 60; a. 1 4", 10 21" TT.; cl. auto)

Bashaw (BS-241) was launched 25 July 1943 by Electric Boat Dv., Groton, Conn., sponsored by Mrs Norman S. Ives, wife of Captain Ives; and commissioned 25 Octo.ber 1943, Lieutenant Commander R. 13. Nichols in command.

Bashaw arrived at Milne Bay, New Guinea, 3 March 1944. During 10 March 1944-29 April 1945 she completed six war patrols in the Oelebes, Philippine, and South China Seas. Basha1a sank three Japanese merchant vessels totalling 19,2U9 tons as well as several small craft.

Bashaw returned to Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, 29 April 1945 and then sailed to Mare Island Navy Yard for an overhaul. Upon completion of the yard period 13 August 1945, she departed for Pearl Harbor. The war ended while she was enroute and she was ordered to return to Mare Island. On 5 September she arrived at Mare Island and began her pre-inactivation overhaul, going into commission in reserve there 24 November 1945. On 10 June 1949 her status was changed to out of commission in reserve.

Bashaw was recommissioned 3 April 1951 and operated out of San Diego along the west coast until 10 May 1952 when she went out of commission in reserve. Between May 1952 and March l953 she underwent conversion at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard to an anti-submarine sub. marine and was reclassified SSK-241, 18 February 1963. Bashaw was recommissioned 28 March 1953 and reported to Submarine Division 33 at San Diego. Between March and August 1954 Bashaw made a Far Eastern cruise. During the following year she took part in several type exercises, including one major exercise in the Hawaiian area, before being overhauled at San Francisco. Between January and August 1956 Bashaw conducted her second postwar tour of the Far Est. On 14 August 1956 she arrived at the Submarine Base, Pearl harbor, and since that time has operated from there.

Bashaw received five battle stars for her World War lI service.

Bashaw (SS-241)

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1T/Lt.Cdr. Richard Eugene Nichols, USN25 Oct 194315 Jan 1945
2Hoke Smith Simpson, USNR15 Jan 19451 May 1945

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Notable events involving Bashaw include:

8 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for Key West, Florida.

15 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols, USN) arrived at Key West, Florida for duty with the Fleet Sound School.

16 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

17 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

18 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

20 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

21 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

22 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

23 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

24 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

27 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

28 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

29 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

30 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

31 Dec 1943
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

1 Jan 1944
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

3 Jan 1944
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

4 Jan 1944
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

5 Jan 1944
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

6 Jan 1944
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

7 Jan 1944
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

8 Jan 1944
USS Bashaw conducted exercises off Key West.

9 Jan 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. Richard E. Nichols) departed from Key West bound for the Panama Canal Zone.

3 Mar 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) arrived at Milne Bay, New Guinea.

10 Mar 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) departed from Milne Bay for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Palau.

21 Mar 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) torpedoed the Japanese salvage/repair ship Uragami maru (4317 GRT) south-east of Palau in position 06°58'N, 136°29'E. The Uragami Maru sustains moderate damage and makes port.

27 Apr 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) sank a Japanese trawler and damaged three others with gunfire east-north-east of Halmahera in position 03°20'N, 131°35'E.

10 May 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) ended her 1st war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

27 May 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) departed from Brisbane for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of the Philippines.

25 Jun 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Yamamiya Maru (6440 GRT) between Talaud Island and Halmahera in position 03°28'N, 127°06'E. The damaging of a second ship, claimed to have been of 4400 tgr, is unconfirmed.

16 Jul 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) ended her 2nd war patrol at Manus.

7 Aug 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) departed from Manus for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Mindanao, Philippines.

8 Sep 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Yanagigawa Maru (2813 GRT) in the Sulu Sea west of Mindanao, Philippines in position 08°10'N, 121°48'E. The freighter Ryuka Maru (size unknown) was also damaged at this time. There is no claim on Bashaw's part for this vessel, but she was in the same convoy and there was no other sub attack at this time.

9 Sep 1944
Still operating in the same area as above, USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. Richard E. Nichols) claims the sinking of a 200-ton coaster by gunfire. This target remains unidentified.

4 Oct 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) ended her 3rd war patrol at Brisbane.

27 Oct 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) departed from Brisbane for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

21 Nov 1944
While on patrol in the South China Sea with a submarine group, USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) attacked a convoy at 1700 hrs. She hit the Japanese cargo ship Gyosan maru (5698 GRT), with a single at position 10°30'N, 115°08'E. The ship remained afloat but was derelict. She was further hit by USS Flounder at 1800 hrs and lost her stern. She was run ashore on the NE corner of NanShan island and was abandoned, later she was completely destroyed by a torpedo from USS Guavina on 23 November.

14 Dec 1944
While on patrol off Camranh Bay, French Indochina, USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) sighted the Japanese hybrid battleship/carriers Ise and Hyuga (both offsite links) but was unable to reach a firing position.

31 Dec 1944
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Nichols) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

26 Jan 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. Hoke S. Simpson) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Hainan Island and along the Indo-China coastline.

13 Feb 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) was one of the submarines stationed along the route of an important Japanese naval convoy heading north. At 1530 hrs, attempting to close the range by running surfaced, she was spotted and taken under main battery fire by one of the escorting battleships, either the Ise or Hyuga (both offsite links). As a 356 mm (14") salvo fell less than a mile away, Lt.Cdr Simpson opted for a safer course of action and dived, losing any chance to gain a firing position.

21 Feb 1945
Off the north-east corner of Hainan island, USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) claimed the sinking of a 200-ton coaster by torpedo (3 fired, 1 hit). Shortly afterwards, in company of USS Flasher she attacked another coaster by gunfire, both subs scoring hits and sharing the sinking.

27 Feb 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) sank a pair of sampans with USS Flasher then goes off on her own, shooting up 2 more, east of Hainan in position 19°25'N, 111°21'E.

5 Mar 1945
At 1000 hrs USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese oiler Ryoei Maru (10016 GRT) off Tourane, Vietnam. The oiler remains afloat and Bashaw has to dodge the escort for the next 9 hours, at the end of which time she finally reaches firing position and finishes off the damaged ship in position 16°47'N, 108°41'E.

6 Mar 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire of the coast of French Indochina.

12 Mar 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) ended her 5th war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.

27 Mar 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) departed from Subic Bay for her 6th war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol off Hainan Island and along the Indo-China coastline.

29 Apr 1945
USS Bashaw (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Simpson) ended her 6th war patrol at Subic Bay. She was now sent to the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

13 Aug 1945
With her refit completed USS Bashaw departed from the Mare Island Navy Yard bound for Pearl Harbor.

22 Aug 1945
USS Bashaw arrived Pearl Harbor.

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USS Bashaw SS-241 (1943-1972)

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  1. ↑ Friedman, Norman (1995). U.S. Submarines Through 1945: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute. pp.𧈝–304. ISBN  1-55750-263-3 . <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. ↑ Bauer, K. Jack Roberts, Stephen S. (1991). Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990: Major Combatants. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. pp.𧈏–273. ISBN  0-313-26202-0 . <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. ↑, K. Jack Roberts, Stephen S. (1991). Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775–1990: Major Combatants. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. pp.𧈓–280. ISBN  978-0-313-26202-9 . <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. U.S. Submarines Through 1945 p. 261
  5. ↑ Submarines Through 1945 pp. 305–311
  6. ↑ Submarines Through 1945 pp. 305-311

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.


Bashaw was incorporated as a Village in August 1911 and was called Forster. According to the Bashaw & District, Over 100 Years of Memories book, “there are conflicting reasons for its naming. One is it was called so after Mrs. Steers brother, or the other after a man who was killed when putting in the rail in 1910”. Given that there was also a Forster, Saskatchewan, it was decided that the name would be changed to Bashaw after the man that had done so much to develop it and keep it going.

The land where Bashaw is situated, was being homesteaded by Joe Louis, a Metis. Mr. Bashaw was involved in a very interesting land deal. According to the history book, Joe Louis, Frank Allan, Alec Salmon and Art Robinson were involved in a serious poker game. Joe Louis ran out of money and put the title to his land in as security for the pot. On the turn of a card, Joe Louis lost his land. Andy Allan, the victor, later sold the quarter section to Mr. Bashaw for five hundred dollars.

Mr. Bashaw started a homestead at the narrows. Mr. Bashaw started a lumber business in Alix. When the railroad started to develop in the area (1909), Mr. Bashaw took the opportunity to sell lots of the town section. He disposed of his lumber business in Alix and devoted his attention to this upcoming community, which was later named after him. Interestingly, the Railway would not have come through our town if not for Mr. Bashaw. When Eugene heard of plans for the Railway to extend to Jarvis rather than through Bashaw, he headed to Camrose and struck a deal with the GTP. This deal ensured the town would gain the railway. This was instrumental for the growth of our town.

The picture above is Mr. Eugene Bashaw’s family at the time of the Centennial Celebrations.

Mr. Eugene Bashaw died on December 19, 1938 in Spokane , Washington.

For more information on the history of Bashaw, there are books available at the Town office.

If you have any interesting pictures of Bashaw History, please submit them to us via email.

The Town of Bashaw now….

Bashaw is a small picturesque town with a big heart for country charm and warm, friendly atmosphere. Nestled in the valley near the shores of Buffalo Lake, at the crossroads of Highway 21 and 53, Bashaw is centrally located in Prairie Parkland Country. Being less than a one hour drive from Red Deer, Stettler, Ponoka, Lacombe and Camrose makes Bashaw perfectly situated for those who desire access to larger centers but value the small town lifestyle.

Primarily a farming community, the area around Bashaw is known for productive croplands and a diverse livestock industry. Lakes, campgrounds and golf courses skirt the surrounding area for added activity and relaxation.

Bashaw features an agricultural facility that is second to none. With its tree lined white rail fence and manicured grounds it welcomes visitors to our vibrant community.

Take a walk through the past as you visit our museum located in Bashaw’s original jailhouse. Sit in the same cell where the notorious Robert Raymond Cook, last man to be hung in Alberta, sat waiting for the authorities to take him to trial. Many still wonder whether young Cook was guilty of his charges. Stop by, check out the evidence and make your own conclusion. Look at some of our archives. Capital Punishment, Mortal Fear grips Bashaw Area, Murder Suspect Caught, Letter to RCMP, Some doubts remain.

The Majestic Theatre is another must to see as interested citizens formed ‘Friends of the Majestic’ and restored the old theatre back to its original form. Come and enjoy plays and concerts, dances and song watch as characters come to life on stage as the Majestic Theatre Group entertains you with theatrical productions.

For the outdoor enthusiasts Bashaw offers beautiful nature trails, tennis courts, ball diamonds, a fitness park along with numerous other parks and playgrounds. Our summers are filled with Junior Cattle shows, ball tournaments and our new and growing sport – an annual bunnock tournament, not to mention street dances, show and shine car shows and community BBQ’s. Winter is not to be out done as we offer hockey, figure skating and curling that fill our local arena with indoor sports. For those who like the chill of the outdoors there’s ample opportunity for ice fishing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Other amenities and services Bashaw is proud to offer is a well equipped fitness center, chiropractor, massage therapist, commercial and industrial business sector, medical clinic and pharmacy, ambulance services, fire department, school from pre-school to grade 12 and various home businesses. We have 2 grocery stores, 2 gas stations, multiple eateries, meat shop, thrift store, 2 banks, 2 insurance agencies and registry office, farm and industrial supply stores to mention just a few!
No matter what your age or your interest we have what you are looking for.

We are definitely a small town, where BIG things happen!

Did you know that our Community won the BVJ Small Town Saturday Night? Small Town, Big things:

Ben Wilson accepting the award

Chad Brownlee rocking out!

Chad Brownlee sporting a Bashaw Stars Jersey!

All Access Pass to our Event – Chad Brownlee!

BVJ Small Town Saturday Night

Did you know that our community entered and won:

The Aviva Community Fund – ‘Bashaw: A Place for Everyone’ project was a Prize winner and will receive $100,000! This completes our fundraising goal of $350,000 for our School Gymnasium!

There are no words to describe the pride and love we feel for this community as well as the commitment and heart of both the people who came before us and the people who live here now. Thank you to each and every one of you for choosing to strengthen our school, our youth and our community! Thank you to the Aviva Community Fund for their generosity and commitment to communities across Canada! If you would like to view the Video, click the link Bashaw: A Place for Everyone

Enjoy the following slideshow of Historical Pictures. We have come a long way Bashaw, and we are so proud of our Community!

Condolences to the Bashaw Family

Our condolences to Don Bashaw’s family at the news of his passing. Donald Robert Bashaw 96, passed away on January 25, 2019, with his wife and son by his side. He was born on June 2, 1922 in New Westminster B.C. Canada, to Vic and Gladys (Powers) Bashaw. The family soon moved to Snoqualmie Falls, as they were US citizens, and Don grew up there.

In 1942 Don began his service in the United States Navy, he was attached to the Fleet Air Wing 13 and was active throughout the South & Asiatic Pacific theatres.

Don was honorably discharged in 1945. He satisfied his interest in logging and began working for Weyerhaeuser and the US Forest Service, where he served as Timber Sales Officer for over 14 years.

In 1963 Don married Maxine Feroglia, between the two of them, Don and Maxine had 7 children. Together they raised a family and built a very successful thoroughbred horse breeding program at their ranch in Ellensburg. They produced some racing champions including Proud Admiral and Ginger Sauce, winning all the big races at Longacre’s. Following the sale of the farm Don and Maxine moved to Camano Island for 10 years. Before settling back in Ellensburg, they travelled until their hearts content and lived in many different places.

Don is survived by his wife of 55 years, Maxine, children Mary (Tim) McKibben, Patricia Bashaw, Jim Bashaw, Donald (Linda) Bashaw, Robert (Carla) Kriegel and Brian (Debra) Bashaw. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Billy Bashaw.

Full Military Honors were held on February 11, 2019 at 11:00 am at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St, Kent Washington.

Together Don and Maxine agreed “It has been a Wonderful Life.”

Bashaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Bashaw name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Derbyshire, where they were found since the early Middle Ages before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

We should take a moment to explore one source's claim that the name came from "Bagshot a location name in Surrey, Wiltshire. " [1]

As far as the chapelry of Bagshot in Surrey is concerned, "this place, [was] formerly called Holy Hall. It was once a residence of the kings of England, who had a mansion here, and a park, which was laid open after the civil war in the reign of Charles I.: the house was occupied by the late Duke of Gloucester. On the borders of Bagshot Heath are some handsome villas. " [2] So one cannot deny that this would an agreeable and noble place to claim descent, the fact that "Holy Hall" was the original name of the chapelry seems to negate the possibility. That leaves the hamlet of Bagshot in Wiltshire as a possibility. We doubt this possibility too, as by the late 1800s, the hamlet's population was only 194. [2] Accordingly, we must defer to the aforementioned Derbyshire as the most likely place of origin.

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Early Origins of the Bashaw family

The surname Bashaw was first found in Derbyshire. The first record was of Nicholas Bagshawe who married Alice of the Hall. He was forester to the King. He acquired the lands of Wormhill, and later built Wormhill Hall. " Derbyshire is the great home of the Bagshaws, who have preserved a distinguished name since the 15th century, when they resided at Abney and Wormhill." [3]

Kirby's Quest notes some very early spellings in early rolls: Oliver de Bogeschaghe, Somerset and Richard de Boggeschaghe, Somerset 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign) [4]

Nicholas Bagshawe and Humphry Bagshawe were both listed in the Calendar of Proceedings in Chancery, temp. Elizabeth I. [5] In the 13th century the name of De Baggesoure occurred in Shropshire. [3]

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Early History of the Bashaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bashaw research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1696, 1721, 1563, 1604, 1886, 1589, 1662, 1640, 1644, 1625, 1593, 1629, 1671, 1628, 1702, 1657, 1629 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Bashaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bashaw Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bashaw were recorded, including Bagshaw, Bagshawe, Bagshott, Bagshot, Bagshote and others.

Early Notables of the Bashaw family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Richard Bagshaw, Sheriff of Derby and Nottingham Edward Bagshaw (or Bagshawe) the elder (ca. 1589-1662), an English author and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1644, supporter of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War. Christopher Bagshaw (d. 1625?), was an English priest who came of a Derbyshire family. "Before going to Oxford he appears to have studied for a short time at Cambridge. "In 1593 he was confined with other priests and gentlemen in Wisbeach Castle. His fellow prisoners held him at first in great.
Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bashaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bashaw family to Ireland

Some of the Bashaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bashaw migration +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bashaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr Bashaw, who landed in Virginia in 1621 [6]
  • Andrew Bashaw, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [6]
  • Giles Bashaw, who landed in Virginia in 1648 [6]
  • Ann Bashaw, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [6]
  • And Bashaw, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [6]
  • . (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bashaw (post 1700) +

  • Sandy Bashaw, American multi-instrumentalist composer
  • Howard Bashaw (b. 1957), Canadian composer of acoustic music, Professor of Music at the University of Alberta

Related Stories +

The Bashaw Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Forma floss
Motto Translation: Beauty is a flower.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

Remington Model 241 Autoloading Rifles

John Gyde and Roy Marcot

The sale of Remington firearms declined dramatically during
the depression. By 1932, losses for the one hundred and
sixteen year old company were approaching $1,000,000 per year. Remington
Arms Company, Inc., headed by Chairman of the Board Marcellus Hartley Dodge, had
little cash for day-to-day operations and practically nothing for product updates or
improvements. Dodge searched for a financial partner, and the call was answered by
the munitions and chemical giant, DuPont. This was a natural because of Remington’s
use of sizeable amounts of DuPont gunpowder. On May 24, 1933, DuPont purchased a
controlling interest in Remington, and with a much needed influx of cash, product
updates at Remington followed almost immediately.

In January 1935, Crawford C. Loomis began design work to improve the
Model 24 autoloading rifle. The result of this work was the new Remington Model 241
rifle and the first production guns were shipped in August 1935, only seven months
later. The Model 241 was a big brother to the Model 24 (similar to the Model 121’s
replacement of the Model 12 slide-action .22 rifle). In fact, Remington’s earliest
advertising stated this to be “a man-sized gun” which was “bigger – heavier – and
better” than the Model 24 it replaced. Since this was a “product improvement” to the
Model 24 autoloader, royalties continued to be paid to John M. Browning’s company.

The barrel on the new Model 121 was longer than its predecessor, the stock
and forend were larger, and some internal parts were strengthened to accommodate the
newer high-velocity ammunition. The interrupted thread concept was continued, but
the Model 241 system was significantly different. It had three raised thread areas as
opposed to two on the Model 24. The take-down button was moved from the bottom
of the receiver to the left side. According to Remington ads, the take-down system was
similar to that in the Remington Model 37 shotgun. It was also very similar to the
Charles Barnes designed system used on the Model 16.

In Remington’s announcement letter
dated June 21, 1935, the following grades and
retail prices were listed:

Model 241 SC or Model 241 LC
Special Grade $45.30

Model 241 SD or Model 241 LD
Peerless Grade $80.00

Model 241 SE or Model 241 LE
Expert Grade $116.80

Model 241 SF or Model 241 LF
Premier Grade $142.00

The letter immediately following the number indicates the cartridge for which the rifle is chambered. “S” stands for Short and “L” for Long Rifle.

The B Grade was not included in
the original list of offerings. It was introduced
in early 1940.

These dates and numbers are from Remington Archives records. However, the dates and serial
numbers appear to become increasingly inaccurate after 1946, with serial numbered guns showing
production codes several years later than indicated in the factory records. For example, serial number
121000 was manufactured in March 1949 according to the barrel code. Serial numbers over 132000 have
been observed. To add to the confusion, duplicate serial numbers were issued on 200 Model 241s (serial
number 60669 to 60869 in October 1941). The serial numbering system cycled back to 60669 after 60869
was stamped. Serial numbers were not required at that time and there was concern that polishing and restamping
might weaken the receiver, so the receivers were used.

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The Model 241 was advertised with a steel butt
plate. However, like the Model 121 slide-action rifle,
aluminum replaced the steel in the butt
plate in mid-1946.

Guns made early in the
production run had only MODEL 241
and the serial number stamped on the
left side of the receiver. The
Speedmaster and the Remington logo
were added in 1936. At least one slip-up
when the “Master” designation was
first added is obvious by the
“Gamemaster – Model 141” stamp
found on a Model 241 made in June,

The flat-sided receiver of the
Model 241 had a larger surface than
the Model 121, so it was the favorite
.22 rifle to Remington factory engravers.
Serial number 36109 was elaborately
engraved by Carl Ennis and
presented to C. J. Hoysradt, Regional
Promotion Representative for
Remington in Akron, Ohio. Another
Model 241 was engraved by three
different Remington engravers.

This picture appeared
on the cover of Life
Magazine (October
29, 1940) and pictured
the first man (Yuen
Chong Chan) who was
drafted into the U.S.
Army at the start of
World War II. Here
Mr. Chan practices his
aim at a local shooting
gallery that
features Remington
Model 241 Gallery

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Barbera Sporting Goods altered some Model 241s for use at
Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio in 1939. The fore end was extended
almost to the end of the barrel, a high square front blade sight and a
Redfield receiver sight were installed, and a sling strap was added. If
encountered, these guns should be easily identified, but they are not
true “factory produced military trainers”.

From mid-1937 through mid-1939, Remington designers
experimented with Routeledge bored barrels and Remington Hi-Speed
shot cartridges. Despite successful trials, Remington’s Manager of Sales
decided on July 11th not to pursue a possible production of these guns.

Remington Model 241 autoloading rifles were popular in
shooting galleries in the late 1930s and 󈧬s. Remington supplied these
rifles in standard finish (blued barrel and receiver) and in “nickel trim
finish” (which included chrome plated receiver and trigger plate) or “full
nickel finishâ”(which included chrome plated receiver, trigger plate,
barrel and all other exposed metal parts). The Model 241 Gallery Gun
was also supplied (if the customer wanted) with a “course” (wide Unotch)
rear sight and a screw eye for a counter fastener. Shooting gallery
proprietors soon requested shell deflectors like those that were available
as an option on the Model 24. Some deflectors were built in the
Remington Tool Room in 1939 for certain galleries and for “export
orders”. Several configurations and various metals were tried, but
deflectors were never produced in any significant quantity.

Between 1942 and 1945, Remington supplied a total
of 7,658 Model 241 autoloading rifles for the U.S. Government.
An unknown number were sold to the U.S. Navy for
training in 1944 and 󈬝.

In mid-1944, with the war still raging in Europe and
in the Pacific, Remington gun designer Charles H. Barnes
invented an improved Model 241 rifle with a sheet metal
receiver – to replace the more expensive machined solid steel
receiver on production guns. Evidently, this improvement
was not adopted, and full production of standard rifles
continued after World War II ended.

In January 1951, due to a Korean War shortage of
brass, authorization was given to make some Model 241
inner magazine tubes of steel, instead of brass. Approximately
500 steel tubes were made in 1951 for Model 121 and
Model 241 rifles.

The Remington Model 241 autoloading .22 was
replaced by the Remington Model 550, which had been
introduced back in August 1939. The end of the Model 241
was confirmed by an authorization to scrap surviving tooling
on January 28, 1955.

Round, 24 inches in length
REMINGTON ARMS CO., Inc., Ilion, N.Y.,
PATS. 1,372,336 — 1,381,448 — 1,740,187 —
Checkered steel (later aluminum),
Available in .22 Short Only or
.22 Long Rifle Only, not

Basic design by John M.
Browning. Design improvements
by Crawford C. Loomis
U.S. Patents: #1,372,336,
#1,381,448, #1,740,187, and

107,345 rifles
According to Remington factory
records, however larger quantities are possible
Tubular, loads from right side of butt
stock. Brass tube pulled out from butt
plate and rimfire cartridges dropped into
well. Spring pushes forward when tube is
replaced. Magazine holds 10 Long Rifle or
15 Shorts, but are not interchangeable.

“Why do Navymen volunteer for Submarine Duty?” one story from 1967

This article was written for the Navy Magazine ALL HANDS. As I look back at the history of the submarine force and what was happening during 1967, it is easy to understand why the Navy would want to put such a positive spin on submarine duty.

There had been an incredible push to build not only the ballistic missile submarines in order to counter the Soviet “threat” but many fast attack submarines were entering the fleet as well. Along with this expansion, conventional diesel boats were still the workhorses of the seas in trying to counter a growing Soviet fleet.

I can only imagine that finding enough men willing to volunteer had to be a challenge. The war in Vietnam was beginning to make all service life difficult as more and more men were drafted into the Army and the country was slowly turning its back on the military. By 1967, the daily news broadcasts were being swamped with negative stories about Southeast Asia and the rest of the news was just as bad since it told stories of a growing Civil Rights movement that extended form the streets of the big cities to the college campuses.

The FBM fleet by 1967 required a growing commitment of men and resources. In less than ten years, the country went from having a few ships like the Halibut that could clumsily launch five Regulus missiles for short distances to having 41 ballistic missile submarines that could each launch 16 missiles over a thousand miles. Plus, each of these boats were designed for extended patrols that lasted months instead of weeks and required two crews.

Life on submarines had always been challenging and certainly dangerous. But the introduction of these new giants added whole new levels of complexity and need for resources.

Finding this article on why Navymen volunteer for submarine duty was a real joy. The article was written by a Journalist for the Navy who interviewed and recorded the reactions of actual submariners. What was most surprising was that according to the article, all of the men interviewed were submariners from diesel boats.

Why Do NAVYMEN volunteer for the Submarine Service?

What makes a sailor willingly submit himself to the rigors of the confining and often uncomfortable life of a submariner?

The men of the U. S. underseas fleet claim they put in longer hours, are separated more from their families, must perform more diversified tasks and take greater risks than their surface counterparts. They live in an atmosphere where there is not enough water for daily showers at sea, where sleeping quarters are sparse and overcrowded, and where daily living can be rigorous as well as demanding.

Yet each year thousands of Navy men – seamen apprentices and veteran salts alike—volunteer for submarine duty. What’s more, those who volunteer seldom change their minds. The dropout rate is practically nil. Why?

Here are the opinions of men in Submarine Flotilla One. It is a sampling of some 35 crewmembers from the following submarines: USS Bream (AGSS 243), Baya (AGSS 318), Caiman (SS 323), Diodon (SS 349), Razorback (SS 394), Redfish (AGSS 395), and Salmon (SS 573).

(Photo taken 5 July 1967 At Yokosuka…boats are inboard to outboard: Catfish (SS-339), Bashaw (SS-241), Redfish (SS-395), Diodon (SS-349), Salmon (SS-573) and Bream (SS-243).)

Most of the men who took part in the survey decided upon the Submarine Service after studying all the Navy’s programs. More often than not their initial interest was sparked by friends who had served in—or were at the time serving in—submarines.

BUT what brought about the ultimate decision?

Most gave more than one reason.

Some were lured by the call of adventure, and the opportunities available to seek greater challenges and to tackle more responsibility. Others sought a more rounded career.

For 20 per cent, the idea of being part of an organization so well endowed with prestige, esprit de corps, and high morale was appealing. That image is the result, they say, of the need for team-work and close-living compatibility, coupled with the reputation built through the deeds of their WW II predecessors.

And it is significant to note that nearly 46 per cent were attracted by the higher pay afforded submariners, as well as for some of the foregoing reasons. That extra pay, it goes without saying, was a motivating factor.

What with life the way it is aboard a submarine, how does one adjust?

The overwhelming reply was that submariners must first learn to adjust to their unusual environment, then do their best to get along with their shipmates. Many indicated that the problem of adjustment is an individual one.

Keeping active is important, according to one underseaman. He claims that if a man earnestly tries to contribute to the over-all effectiveness and betterment of the ship, he can forget his own discomforts.

“Experience in human relations is helpful,” states another. “Even if you have none to begin with, you soon become an expert—otherwise you won’t stay in submarines.”

Another submariner feels that adjustment is no problem because those who are unable to adapt are weeded out before or during their Submarine School indoctrination.

WHAT DOES a submariner like most about life aboard a submarine?

By far the most popular answer to that question is “esprit de corps.”

More specifically, the submariners cited “competent personnel,” “a family atmosphere,” “teamwork,” “working with highly educated people,” “good-natured crews,” “friendly association with other crewmembers,” and “informality.”

In addition to the informality, the submariners preferred the less rigid adherence to regulations, greater challenges, and more responsibility. Still others regarded highly such benefits as better food, all-night movies, training programs, and submarine operating schedules.

On the opposite side of the scale, the submariners referred to over-crowded living and working conditions and lack of stowage space as what they liked least about their undersea life. Nearly 50 per cent indicated they would be more comfortable if there were enough bunks to go around, more privacy, and greater storage space.

Long patrols, long hours, and personnel shortages rated next on their list of dislikes, followed by the lack of laundry facilities and enough water for daily showers at sea. One submariner volunteered that most of his sub pay is used for laundry expenses, which, he said, puts him in no better financial position than a surface Navyman who receives free laundry services.

Ever since the crew of USS Holland was formed in 1900, submariners have boasted about their food.

Since no survey of submarine personnel would be complete with-out a query on the subject, an attempt was made to support or refute that long-standing claim.

About three-fourths of those questioned upheld the traditional boast. A few were undecided. And a few more said, “It depends.” One replied, “Not necessarily,” and one opposed the claim altogether concerning meals in submarines.

The affirmative replies were due to a variety of reasons. Some praised the high caliber of food and supply personnel, and their pride in their work. Others reasoned that a smaller crew permitted a more personal touch. Then, too, many approved of the family-style dining atmosphere, as well as the quality and quantity of food.

One dolphin-wearer had the final answer. He couldn’t make a comparison, he said, because he had been in submarines so long he had forgotten how it was in other segments of the Navy.

—W. J. Thomas, JOC, USN

Within a few years of this article being written, there would be a large movement away from diesel boats and a new focus on nuclear power in all areas. The “B” girls were built around 1959 (the same time as the first boomers) and would all be out of commission by1990. An era had passed. But submariners, surprisingly were still very much the same. As I read the article over a few times, I kept thinking that I recognized a lot of what they were talking about.

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