Hunting New England Shipwrecks
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Squalus under construction
at Portsmouth in 1938
(Portsmouth Navy Yard)
Rescue bell on deck
New York Times headline
May 24, 1939
Next day's headline
33 rescued by bell
Squalus illustration showing
Squalus in Portsmouth
drydock after being raised
(US Navy photo)
The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.
|Vessel Name||USS Squalus (SS-192)|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)||299' / /|
|Propulsion||Diesel / Electric / Propellers|
|Built||1938 at Portsmouth, NH|
|Date of Loss||May 23, 1939|
|Reason for Loss||Sunk during sea trials|
|Fatalities||26 (33 crewmen rescued)|
|Location||12 miles off Rye Beach, NH|
|Coordinates (Lat/Lon)||42-23 N / 70-37 W|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)||240'|
|Typical Visibility (feet)|
|Other Information||Squalus was raised, refitted and recommissioned as USS Sailfish.|
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