Two beautiful hand-painted 1.75 inch brass coins. One coin honoring the men of the USS Thresher SSN 593 and the other the USS Scorpion SSN 589, the only two peace time submarines lost at sea…
USS Thresher SSN 593
The USS Thresher sank off the New England coast while on sea trials following an overhaul. The exact cause is unknown. A Navy board of inquiry determined that the "most likely cause" was a failure in either a pipe, a pipe valve, or a hull weld, causing flooding somewhere near the engine room.
The flooding probably short-circuited an electrical system related to the main engine, causing the reactor to "scram" or shut down. Without power, the Thresherwas unable to surface, and the continued flooding caused Thresher to drop below her crush depth where the pressure of the ocean destroyed her.
129 men lost, no survivors.
(9 officers, 85 crew, 18 Navy technicians, and 17 civilian contract technicians)
The USS Scorpion SSN 589
On 22 May, 1968 while 400 miles southwest of the Azores Islands. Scorpion's wreckage was discovered in some 10,000 feet of water.
The formal report on the loss of Scorpion was made public in 1998. A very detailed article concerning her loss was published in the July, 1998 issue of Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute.
Ninety nine men lost, no survivors.
The back of each coin shows an image of each boat. The following verse from the US Navy Hymn is also on the back:
Navy Hymn for Submariners
"Bless those who served beneath the deep,
Through the lonely hours the vigil they had to keep,
May eternal peace their mission ever be,
Bless each one we ask of thee,
Comfort those who at home who waited and prayed,
For their return night and day.
Sailor, rest your oars"
These coins are designed and only available from me. Would make an excellent addition to your collection or for your favorite sailor!
OPTIONAL: Our Air-Tite acrylic cases provide the ultimate long-term protection for your coin. They are made of crystal clear, hard Acrylic and will never yellow over time; the foam rings are made of Volara and both are free of PVC that could damage your coin.
This set includes a coin for each submarine in the "Forever They Sail" series: