USS Nautilus (SS 168) Painting by R. DeRosset
USS Nautilus (SF-9/SS-168), a Narwhal-class submarine and one of the “V-boats”, was the third ship of the United States Navy to bear the name. She was originally named and designated V-6 (SF-9), but was re-designated and given hull classification symbol SC-2 on 11 February 1925. Her keel was laid on 10 May 1927 by the Mare Island Naval Shipyard of Vallejo, California. She was launched on March 15, 1930 sponsored by Miss Joan Keesling, and commissioned on 1 July 1930 with Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Doyle, Jr. in command. This acrylic on board by famed marine artist Richard DeRosset measures 42″ x 24″ including the frame. Check out the vintage photograph of the Nautilus below, and please click photos for better viewing…
Artist Richard DeRosset is known for his depictions of maritime scenes which have been commissioned by numerous museums and private collections, notably, The San Diego Aerospace Museum, The Navy Combat Art Museum, and The Smithsonian Institution. He is also the official artist for the San Diego Maritime Museum.