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USS Squalus SS 192

Squalus Pre-Launching photo Sept. 14, 1938
Squalus Pre-Launching photo Sept. 14, 1938.
The two signs read: "Launching Stand" and "USS Squalus, Submarine (SS 192),
Keel Laid Oct. 18, 1937, Launched Sept. 14, 1938"
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Pre-Launch photo
Squalus pre-launching photo, Sept. 14, 1938.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus ready for launching, Sept. 14, 1938
Squalus ready for launching, Sept. 14, 1938
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Launching of USS Squalus SS 192
Launching of USS Squalus SS 192 on Sept. 14, 1938
The photo also states it was 3:45 PM DST (Daylight Savings Time)
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Approaching berth #1 after launching
Approaching berth #1 after launching, Sept. 14, 1938.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

USS Squalus SS 192
USS Squalus SS 192 fitting out after launch.
National Archives Photo

USS Squalus SS 192 during construction
USS Squalus SS 192 during construction January 1938.
View is looking forward.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

USS Squalus SS 192 during construction
USS Squalus SS 192 during construction.
View is looking aft.
National Archives Photo

USS Squalus SS 192 during construction
USS Squalus SS 192 during construction.
Notice men working on torpedo tubes at bottom of photo.
View is looking aft.
National Archives Photo

USS Squalus SS 192 during construction
USS Squalus SS 192 during construction.
Note the 4 torpedo tubes at bottom of photo.
View looking aft.
National Archives Photo

USS Squalus SS 192 during construction
USS Squalus SS 192 during construction.
Note chalk mark noting Fr.176 written on what might be the after trim tank.
View is looking forward.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

USS Squalus SS 192 during construction
USS Squalus SS 192 during construction.
The submarine is almost completed.
View is looking forward.
National Archives Photo

USS Squalus SS 192 after launch
USS Squalus SS 192 after launch during fitting out.
National Archives Photo

USS Squalus SS 192 after launch
USS Squalus SS 192 after launch during fitting out phase, fall 1938.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

USS Squalus SS 192 recovery operation
USS Squalus SS 192 recovery operation
National Archives Photo

USS Squalus SS 192 rescued crew
USS Squalus SS 192 rescued crew.
Squalus Capt. Naquin is standing center with no hat on.
He was last man out of the Squalus into the rescue chamber.
National Archives Photo

Squalus at Berth 6 for pumping out, PNS
Squalus at Berth 6 for pumping out, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
The front of the conning tower shows damage caused by lifting pontoons.

Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

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Squalus at Berth 6 for pumping out at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The front of the conning tower shows damage caused by lifting pontoons hitting the front during the lifting process. This photo was taken a little later than the one above. The pontoon in front of the sub is missing. This snap-shop, greatly enlarged, was taken looking across the deck of another submarine, quite possibly the Sculpin. The after torpedo loading hatch and aft rescue buoy are seen.

From a snapshot in the Private Collection of Ric Hedman

Damage to conning tower by lifting pontoons
Damage to conning tower by lifting pontoons. Sub is still being pumped out.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus in dry dock after pumping out
Squalus in dry dock after pumping out. The sub has been positioned
and the water is being pumped out of the dock.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus in dry dock
The pumping down process is still underway. The boat is resting on her keel
blocks and workmen are already at work on opening the boat and inspectors
are hard at work trying to find what had gone wrong.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Patch cut out of hull for salvage work
Patch cut out of hull for salvage work. Duct work can be seen leading
into the boat to vent gases or dry the interior.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus in dry dock
Squalus in dry dock, Sept. 15, 1938
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus in dry dock post salvage.
Squalus in dry dock post salvage.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus in dry dock.
Squalus in dry dock, post salvage, Sept. 16, 1939.
Note lifting chain draped over port propeller shaft just forward of the screw.
Salvage pontoons flank the stern.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Damage shown to hull
Damage to hull caused by the lifting chains.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Deflections to hull plating made during lifting process.
Deflections and rupture  to hull plating made during lifting process.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Damage to bilge keels by lifting chains
Damage to bilge keels by lifting chains.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus Forward Torpedo Room
Squalus Forward Torpedo Room condition post salvage.
View is looking forward. Photo taken Sept. 15, 1939
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus Forward torpedo room
Squalus Forward Torpedo Room condition post salvage.
View is looking aft. Photo taken Sept. 15, 1939.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Officers Wardroom, USS Squalus
Officers Wardroom, USS Squalus Sept. 15, 1939
View is looking aft and to port.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Crews quarters
Caption says this is the forward battery compartment though this looks to be the
crews berthing space which would make it the after battery. The plank shown just
left of center in the photo is spanning a hole cut in the deck to remove a body of a
crewman that was trapped below decks.  View is looking aft.
Photo taken Sept. 15,1939.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus Control room looking forward
Condition of the Squalus Control Room after the boat was salvaged.
View is looking forward and to port. The ships helm is on the right.
The two large wheels, left, are the stern and bow plane controllers.
The levers in the middle are for the main ballast tank vents and Kingstons.
The duct work at the top is temporary and providing air for drying the boat out
from topside fans. It may also be for venting  gases from the battery wells
since sulfuric acid and salt water form poisonous chlorine gas.
Photo taken Sept. 15, 1939.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus control room looking aft
Squalus control room looking aft.
Better view of temporary ductwork for drying and ventilating the boat.
Photo taken Sept. 15, 1939.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus control room looking aft portside
Squalus control room looking aft port side. Stern planes control wheel shown.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus Galley looking forward
Caption has this as the Squalus "Galley" looking forward. It of taken in the
Crews mess/galley space. Two thwart ship tables can be seen in this photo.
Through the doorway just right of center can be seen the bunks of the crews
berthing space or after battery berthing. Photo taken Sept. 15, 1939.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Squalus Engineroom looking aft
Squalus engine room looking aft. Again, the caption seems to mis-identify the
compartment by stating this is the After Battery Room which should have been
the same compartment the crews berthing and messing spaces were in. Since
the diesel engines shown here take up all the space in the compartment above
and below decks there would have been no room for the huge batteries in this
same compartment. Photo taken Sept. 15, 1939.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Salvage work continues
Salvage work continues. A large crane has been brought in  to remove
heavy items, probably battery cells. Lockers and other debris from the
interior can be seen on deck. The after rescue messenger buoy,
(seen in the left foreground), which sadly was not released because
nobody had time to release it before they drowned. That makes the
room the dockworkers above the engine room. The conning
tower fairwater can just be seen in back of the large block from the crane.
The American flag still fly's from the flag staff.
Thanks to Paul Farace, curator, of the USS Cod Museum for helping identify the buoy.
Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

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A Cribbage Board manufactured by what is probably a parts supplier with the USS Squalus name imprinted on it. This was probably one of a number given to ships company, probably on commissioning. I can find no information about the Rotary Machine CO, it has no doubt gone out of business or been absorbed into another company. I have some research going on about this and I'll post what is discovered when it comes in.

Photo Of The Cribbage Board In The Private Collection of Mike Kaup


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A Cribbage Board manufactured by what is probably a parts supplier with the USS Squalus name imprinted on it. This was probably one of a number given to ships company, probably on commissioning. I can find no information about the Rotary Machine CO, it has no doubt gone out of business or been absorbed into another company. I have some research going on about this and I'll post what is discovered when it comes in.

Photo Of The Cribbage Board In The Private Collection of Mike Kaup


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This photo was signed by all the survivors of the sinking of the USS Squalus on May 23, 1939. Allen Carl Bryson was the last surviving crew member to pass away at 91 years of age on December 1, 2008.

Photo Provided by Wendy Gully of the Submarine Force Library

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