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USS Holland (Submarine Torpedo Boat #1)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Holland (Submarine Torpedo Boat #1)

USS Holland (SS-1) was launched by Crescent Shipyards, Elizabeth, N.J., 1898; commissioned 12 October 1900, Newport, R.I., Lt. Harry H. Caldwell in command.

On 16 October 1900, USS Holland (SS-1) left Newport under tow of tug Leyden for Annapolis where she trained cadets of the Naval Academy as well as officers and enlisted men ordered there to receive training so vital in preparing for the operation of other submarines being built for the Fleet.

USS Holland (SS-1) proved valuable for experimental purposes in collecting data for submarines under construction or contemplation. Her 166-mile surface run from Annapolis to Norfolk 8 to 10 January 1901 provided useful data on her performance underway over an extended period.

Except for the period 15 June to 1 October 1901, which was passed training cadets at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, R.I., USS Holland (SS-1) remained at Annapolis until 17 July 1905 as a training submarine. USS Holland (SS-1) finished out her career at Norfolk. Her name was struck from the Navy Register of Ships on 21 November 1910.

For a complete history of USS Holland (SS-1) please see its DANFS page.