First museum on sinking of USS H1 submarine in Baja!

Because of the number of wrecks found in the waters of Isla Margarita, we are developing a small comunity museum where many of the pieces recuperated from these wrecks, including the USS H1 Seawolf will be displayed. The comunity is a fishermen town and with this museum, we are hoping to contribute to a more sustainable economy.

USS H-1 (SS-28), the lead ship of her class of submarine of the United States Navy, was originally named Seawolf, making her the first ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for the seawolf.

For the remainder of World War I, she was based there and patrolled Long Island Sound, frequently with officer students from the submarine school on board. H-1 and H-2 sailed for San Pedro, California on 6 January 1920, transiting the Panama Canal on 20 February.

On 12 March, as H-1 made her way up the coast of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, she ran aground on a shoal off Magdalena Bay.

Four men — including the commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander James R. Webb — died trying to reach shore.

Vestal pulled H-1 off the rocks in the morning of 24 March, but in only 45 minutes, the submarine sank in some 50 ft (15 m) of water.

Further salvage effort was abandoned. Her name was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 12 April, and she was sold for scrap in June 1920, but never recovered.


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