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Description: Lost Submarine Page 16Date: March 26 1915
Newspaper published in: Washington, D. C.
Washington Times March 26, 1915 Lost Submarine Page 16
Mystery in Failure to Locate Submarine in Honolulu Harbor
Honolulu, March 26 - Hope for the safety of the American submarine F-4 and its crew of twenty-six men is fading.
The waters of Honolulu harbor at the spot where the submarine sank yesterday morning are covered with fuel oil, and naval officers fear that the tanks of the vessel have collapsed.
After an all-night search, the naval tug and several launches this morning continued diving and dragging to locate the undersea boat, which sank below the surface yesterday morning at 9 o'clock for a submerged run.
From the moment the vessel submerged, no signal has been received by the flotilla, nor has any trace save that of the oiled surface of the waters at the entrance of the harbor been received.
Grave apprehension was felt at midnight, when every available vessel attached to the Honolulu naval station was ordered to the search by Rear Admiral Charles B. MOORE, commandant.
Several American warships at Pearl Harbor are expected to join the rescue this morning.
Had Oxygen Tanks.
Much mystery is attached to the disappearance of the craft, because naval charts show the depth at the point where the loss occurred to be not over thirty fathoms.
The F-4 had oxygen tanks sufficient for twenty-four hours' submersion, and emergency tanks that would keep the crew alive a week, said naval officials today.
Lieut. Alfred E. EDE was in charge of the vessel and its crew of twenty-five men, and was engaged in target practice with the F-4, F-2, and F-3. The flotilla was operating about two miles outside of the harbor, and in the course of the maneuver, the F-4, at 8:15 yesterday morning, sank below the surface.
No signal has been received since that moment. No trace of the vessel has been found. An early report that the dragging had encountered the missing boat was found to be erroneous.
The naval tender at the Honolulu station here is a powerful craft, equipped with derricks and chains for just such an emergency, and as soon as the craft is located it will be hoisted to the surface.
Should any accident have happened to the vessel's pumps or machinery, the crew would be amply able to cope with the emergency, but naval officers expressed fears today that the ballast tanks had burst.
May Yet Save Crew.
Admiral MOORE said there was some hope that, even if yet submerged, the men on the submarine might still be saved. The oxygen tanks had air, he said, for twenty-four hours submersion, and, in addition, emergency tanks sufficient for several days more, unless some accident had burst the tanks.
Lieut. Alfred E. EDE, of Nevada, was in charge of the vessel and her crew, of twenty-five. She was engaged in practice maneuvers with the F1, F2, and F-3, is of the Holland type, built by the Seattle Construction and Dry-dock Company at a cost of $500,000 in 1912, and is 160 feet long.
The F-4 was formerly known as the Skate before the navy adopted the new alphabetical nomenclature for submarine craft. She was launched on January 6, 1942, and was put into commission August 5 of that year.
A dispatch from Seattle said the F-4 was submerged twenty-four hours at her builder's trial, and could remain under water that length of time without inconvenience to the crew.