This Day in History: USS Thresher tragically sinks during a deep dive test

On this day in 1963, the USS Thresher sinks off the coast of Cape Cod. Sadly, a rescue ship was floating helplessly above the wreckage, listening to the sounds of the submarine breaking up below. The tragedy shocked the naval community. Thresher was considered one of the premier submarines of its time. It was fast—and […]

This Day in History: A tragic end for one of America’s early war heroes

On this day in 1820, a funeral is held for U.S. Navy Commodore Stephen Decatur. He was the nation’s greatest naval hero since John Paul Jones! Unfortunately, he’d been mortally wounded in a duel mere days before. There was a lot of bad blood between the well-respected Decatur and a much-less respected man by the […]

This Day in History: HMT Rohna: “World War II’s Secret Tragedy”

On this day in 1941, HMT Rohna is commissioned. Her demise would be called “World War II’s Secret Tragedy.” More than 1,000 American troops would be lost—AND the entire incident was kept secret for decades. But why? And what were American troops doing on a British ship in the first place? Rohna was a passenger […]

This Day in History: The nuclear submarine USS Scorpion, missing in action

On this day in 1968, a nuclear submarine in the United States Navy is missing in action—except no one seemed to realize it. Instead, family and friends of USS Scorpion’s crew would cheerfully gather at a dock in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 27. They were thrilled and excited to welcome their fathers, husbands, and brothers […]

This Day in History: American ingenuity & the first submarine attack!

On this day in 1776, Americans launch the first submarine attack! They hoped to break a British blockade of New York harbor. The submarine was the work of David Bushnell, an inventor from Connecticut. He called his submarine the “Turtle” because it was like “two upper tortoise shells of equal size, joined together.” The Turtle […]