Mar 17

Today in Submarine History

Saturday, March 17, 2018 12:01 AM

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we remember the Irish-born John Phillip Holland and the Holland IV.

1898: John P. Holland’s submarine, Holland IV, performs the first successful diving and surfacing tests off Staten Island, New York.

John P. Holland (1841-1914) in the conning tower of the submarine Holland (later USS Holland), circa 1898-1899.

John P. Holland (1841-1914) in the conning tower of the submarine Holland (later USS Holland), circa 1898-1899.

Read more about Holland and his submarines here.

https://www.navalhistory.org/2012/03/17/uss-holland-ss-1-makes-her-first-successful-submerged-run-17-march-1898

 

Another anniversary,

1959: USS Skate (SSN-578) becomes the first submarine to surface at the North Pole, traveling 3,000 miles in and under Arctic ice for more than a month.

USS Skate (SSN-578) surfaced at the North Pole 1 April 1959

USS Skate (SSN-578) surfaced at the North Pole 1 April 1959

Read more about the USS Skate here.

https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/1984-06/us-navy-sailing-under-ice