The new submarine was based at New London Connecticut, on 1 July 1922 as a unit of Submarine Division 4 and followed a normal peacetime training cycle, operating out of her home port with visits to Newport and Providence, Rhode Island. She departed from New York on 4 January 1924 for the Canal Zone to participate in winter fleet maneuvers off Panama and in the Caribbean. During this cruise, she visited Trinidad, Guantanamo Bay, Culebra, and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. After returning to New York on 30 April, she resumed type training off Block Island and in New England coastal waters.
The S-51 sank off Block Island, 25 September 1925 with the loss of 32 lives after being rammed by SS City of Rome. She was raised 5 June 1926, struck from the Navy List 27 January 1930 and sold for scrapping 23 June 1930.
The diving and heroic efforts to reach and raise the ship are well documented in the outstanding book ‘On the Bottom' by Commander Edward Ellsberg and the new book on Ellsberg by John Alden. S-51 was raised on 5 June 1926; struck from the Navy List on 27 January 1930; and sold for scrap on 23 June 1930 to the Borough Metal Company, Brooklyn, New York.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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