Monday Mornings: The Rescue of the Submarine Squalus

Monday, September 169:30—10:30 AMSohier RoomMain Library32 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, 01915

Eighty years ago, off the coast of Portsmouth, N.H., the new submarine Squalus was going on a routine test dive. During this dive a mechanical malfunction caused the boat to flood and sink 243' below the surface. At that time in history there had never been a successful rescue of men trapped in depths of more than 100'. While 26 would be lost, 33 would be rescued. This would be partially due to the vision and dedication of "Swede" Momsen. His vision, courage, and persistence resulted in the development and utilization of underwater rescue equipment. The Squalus was raised, renamed the Sailfish, and served with distinction in the Pacific during World War II.

Free and open to adults. Light refreshments available at 9 AM. Info: Ona at or 978-921-6062.

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