A U.S. Navy Submarine Disaster Block Island Sound, Rhode Island September 25, 1925
by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
The officers on S-51 were very young. The Commander was the only one of five who had seen service during World War I. The Navy believed this was a nonissue when it confronted the rival lawyers of the steamship company later in 1925. The Navy contended their officers were quite experienced, having trained at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and also the submarine school in New London, Connecticut.