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BREAKING NEWS 75 YEARS AGO TODAY: SQUALUS NOT REPORTING

AP BREAKING MAY 23, 1939: USN PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD REPORTS SS-192 SARGO CLASS USN SUBMARINE SQUALUS COMM OVERDUE AFTER TEST DIVE OFF ISLE OF SHOALS: LAST COMM POS. 07400 42°53′N 70°37′W 13.3 MILES DUE NORTH ROCKPORT MASSACHUSETTS: 57 USN SAILORS, 2 ELECTRIC BOAT PERSONNEL ONBOARD.

SS-191 SARGO CLASS USN SUBMARINE SCULPIN DIVERTED FROM SHAKEDOWN CRUISE TO LAST KNOWN POSITION. 1040 SEARCH GRID COMMENCING.

[UPDATE 1046] SS-191 SCULPIN REPORTING WATER DEPTH 243 FEET AT SEARCH GRID.

[UPDATE 1241] SS-191 SCULPIN REPORTS RED SMOKE PROCEEDING TO THAT LOCATION. USN PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD NOW REPORTS COMM FAILURE RULED OUT LIKELY SS-192 LOCATION 07400 42°53′N 70°37′W 243 FEET BELOW THE SURFACE. SMOKE BOMB IS MANUAL DEPLOYMENT INDICATING SURVIVORS.

[UPDATE 1305] SS-191 SCULPIN REPORTS RADIOTELEPHONE BUOY MARKING SS-192. COMM POSITIVE FOR TWO MINUTES UNTIL CLEATED LINE TO SS-191 SCULPIN IS PARTED IN ROLLING SEAS. 500 FOOT COMM CABLE FALLS TO THE BOTTOM. INFORMATION TRANSFER: SURVIVORS, NUMBER UNKNOWN.

[UPDATE 1320] USS PENACOOK, USS WENDANK, GLOUCESTER AND ROCKPORT FISHING VESSELS DIVERTED TO LAST KNOWN LOCATION.