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December 8, 1921

THE DAY, New London, Connecticut, December 8, 1921

* USS S-48 Submarine rescue (1st report)

This 12 page newspaper has a three column headline on the front page: "THRILLING ESCAPE OF 51 MEN IN SUBMARINE S-48 EAST OF PENFIELD REEF" with subheads. (see)

Tells of the USS S-48 submarine rescue in Long Island Sound.

Other news of the day. Some browning with a few small binding holes along the spine, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes: USS S-48 (SS-159) was the first submarine in the fourth group of S-class submarines of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down on 22 October 1920 by the Lake Torpedo Boat Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She was launched on 26 February 1921 sponsored by Mrs. James O. Germaine.

On 7 December, the uncommissioned submarine conducted a dive off Penfield Reef in Long Island Sound as part of builder's trials. A manhole plate in one of the aft ballast tanks was left unsecured, several aft compartments flooded, and S-48 sank in 80 feet of water. The crew, contractor's personnel, and naval observers brought the bow to the surface and escaped through a torpedo tube to a tug which took them to New York City.

On 20 December, the submarine was raised and taken back to the builder's yard where repairs were begun. The work was completed ten months later; and, on 14 October 1922, S-48 was accepted by the Navy and commissioned at Bridgeport with Lieutenant S. E. Bray in command.

Category: The 20th Century

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