|USS Lawrence Y. Spear AS 36|
|23,493||Built / Launched||5/5/1966 / 9/7/1967|
|Length||645' 8"||Built By||General Dynamics,|
|Beam||85' 0"||Class||L. Y. Spear|
L Y. Spear, named for Lawrence York Spear. Spear was born in Warren, Ohio, 23 October 1870, graduated second in his class at the Naval Academy in 1890. He served as an ensign in Pensacola, Baltimore (C-3), and Charleston (C-2) in the Atlantic and South Pacific for nearly 2 years. In 1891, due to his ability and enthusiasm in the project of modernizing the Navy, he vas transferred to the Construction Corps and sent to the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland. Returning with a B.S. in 1893, he spent most of the next 9 years acquiring construction experience in shipyards across the country.
While Superintendent of Construction at Crescent Shipyard, Elizabethport, N.J., from 1898 to 1902, he helped build five Holland-designed submarines, first of the U.S. under-sea fleet In 1902, he resigned his commission as lieutenant to join the Electric Boat Co., successor to the Holland Torpedo Boat Co., founded by inventor John P. Holland. Spear then devoted more than 48 years to the construction of submarines. He is credited with six basic design concepts which are an integral part of all modern naval submarines, including double hull amidships, single hull-ends, and propelling apparatus. His great faith in the importance of the submarine was more than justified by the decisive role the Navy's undersea fleet played in destroying the power of the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. As company president, 1942 to 1947, he directed the production of more than half of the submarines completed during the war Spear retired in 1947 to serve as board chairman for the next 3 years, and died at Groton, Conn., 9 September 1950.
|The L. Y. Spear at work in 1993|
Thanks to David Wiseman for sharing this picture of the 36
|Another view of USS L. Y. Spear in 1990|