'The Navy does not like submarines because there is no deck to strut on.'
-John P. Holland (1841-1914)
FIRST OF MANY Like a prairie dog peeking from its burrow, John P. Holland—arguably the father of the modern submarine—looks up from the conning tower of his invention after its construction in 1897. In 1900, this boat, the sixth he built, was purchased by the U.S. government and became the USS Holland (SS-1)—the first submarine in the U.S. Navy.
This and other photographs are available as prints through the Naval Institute Photo Archive. You may place orders or leave messages 24 hours a day at 1-800-233-8764, contact [email protected], or visit our Web site, www.usni.org.