|McCann Rescue Chamber|
McCann Rescue Chamber
The only successful rescue of men from a sunken American submarine occured in 1939, when the USS Squalus sank to the bottom on a test dive. Working against time and extreme depth, divers from the submarine rescue vessel USS Falcon (ASR-2) were able to attach a downhaul cable from a submarine rescue chamber to make several trips between the submarine and the surface until the 33 survivors were brought to safety.
Secrets of the Sub
Artist Alberto Vargas became famous for his WWII watercolors depicting beautiful pin-up girls. "Varga girls" were so popular that many different artists immitated Vargas’ technique and approach to the female figure: an idealized female form eliciting sensuality and seduction. During the 1940’s his work was a hit amongst enlisted men who drew inspiration from them which inadvertently created high morale. The military was so influenced by this art that they adorned their vessels with it. Many military aircraft had Varga style girls decorating the nose of their planes, Varga girls were even printed on greeting cards and sent to enlisted men by their sweethearts. Inside the engine room aboard USS Bowfin, the crew posted a 1943 Vargas calendar, on which they doodled, wrote notes, and recorded their conquests of the sea.