Monday, September 1, 2014

The Case of the Mystery Submarine!

Courier Express


Page 1, Column 7

Mysterious Derelict of

Pacific Abandoned Sub

Crew of passing steamer opens hatch of craft so

first storm will sink it.

Washington, D. C, Aug. 16 (JP)—

The mysterious derelict reported 

far out In the Pacific more

than a month ago and described by

mariners as a submarine, was again 

sighted by the American Steamer

Liberator on August 6th.  The Navy 

department has been told and steps

were taken by the Liberator’s crew 

to remove the craft as a menace to 


The navy's Information came from

the officers of the Liberator and was

forwarded by radio from Guam. The

report received here said men from

the Liberator boarded the abandoned

craft and left a hatch open so the

first storm would sink her.

 There has been no indication here 

of the nationality of the ship, but

naval officers are certain it was not

an American submarine. It is position

was given as 1,592 miles west

by north of Honolulu, the dispatch

said. She was described as about

200 feet long, and in good condition

except that her exterior fittings had

been broken off and her hatches

battened down. She was marked
"0-2" on both sides of the hull under

the conning tower and further

was described as "either being constructed

or being dismantled."

Officials here expressed the

private opinion that the submarine

apparently had been used as a target

and abandoned on the theory

that she had been sunk.

Article used with the permission of:

Buffalo State College Archives
 and Special Collections
E. H. Butler Library #135
Buffalo State College
          1300 Elmwood Ave.        
   Buffalo,  NY 14222-1095

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