Hunting New England Shipwrecks

USS Squalus

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Squalus under construction
at Portsmouth in 1938
(Portsmouth Navy Yard)

Rescue bell on deck
(Smithsonian magazine)

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New York Times headline
May 24, 1939
(Author's collection)

Next day's headline
33 rescued by bell
(Author's collection)

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Squalus illustration showing
flooded compartments
(US Navy)

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.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name USS Squalus (SS-192)
Other Names  
Vessel Type Submarine
Owner United States Navy
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 299' /  /
Hull Construction Steel
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)  
Wreck Condition  
Diving Considerations  
Other Information Squalus was raised, refitted and recommissioned as USS Sailfish.
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