This year marks the 80th anniversary of the saga of the Squalus, a submarine built at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, which sank during it’s 19th test dive on May 23, 1939, six miles southeast of the Isles of Shoals.
During the dive, the main induction valve failed to close, and water rushed into the submarine, flooding the aft compartment. Submerged in 240 feet of water, 33 of its 59 crew members were rescued. It was the greatest submarine rescue in the history of the United States Navy.
To commemorate the anniversary, Karen Raynes and Mike Garland have researched and produced a documentary, “Saga of the Submarine Squalus,” that will be shown Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m., at the American Legion Post #35, 69 High Street in Hampton, and Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the Lane Memorial Library. The documentary tells the story of the rescue, salvage and rebirth of the Squalus. The screenings are free and all are welcome to attend.
An exhibit about the Squalus is on display at the Tuck Museum of Hampton History, 40 Park Avenue in Hampton. The museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.
November 10 will be Squalus Sunday at the Tuck Museum when the documentary will be shown at 2 p.m., followed by a discussion hosted by Raynes and Garland about the making of the “Saga of the Submarine Squalus.”