New London, CT Submarine S-49 Sinks, Apr 1926

3 Dead, 9 Hurt as Sub Has Mishap

By The Associated Press.

NEW LONDON, Conn., April 20.---Three members of the crew of forty men on the submarine S-49, sister ship of the ill-fated S-51, which was sunk last September with the loss of thirty-three lives, died in the submarine base hospital from injuries received when a battery exploded Tuesday. They were Ralph Edward McCormick, gunner's mate, second-class, of West Lynn, Mass.; Ollie J. Cooke, seaman first class, of Danville, Va., and Theodore Holst Jr., chief boatswain's mate, of Groton, Conn.

Nine others of the crew were injured.

The explosion produced a tremendous concussion, which hurled the dozen men in the steel-walled compartment against the side of the chamber. While many of them are suffering from the effects of gas and fire, it is believed fractures of limbs constitute the greatest injuries.

Immediately after the explosion the submarine base fire alarm was sounded, bringing scores of men to the scene, equipped with gas masks. The rescuers dropped into the submarine and carried out their injured comrades.

Matthew T. Greenville, quarter-master, first-class, of Saco, Maine, is reported dying.

Five others are in a serious condition. These were Frederick F. Horn, boatswain's mate, second-class, Freeland, Pa.; Daniel Ford, seaman, first-class, Boston; Sylvester E. Matlock, fireman, second-class, Charleston, Ill.; Claire D. Felids, electrician's mate, second-class, Reno, Nev.; Francis Leo Conway, torpedoman, second-class, Dracut, Mass.

Basil S. Morris, fireman, third-class, Asheville, N. C., received minor injuries.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 21 Apr 1926