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The ingenious people of the Garden State were instrumental in the early development of the submarine. The first American submarine sank off Fort Lee in 1776, and the first successful one adopted by the U.S. Navy was invented by Paterson's John Holland at the end of the nineteenth century. Those early vessels were tested in the Passaic River and on the Jersey City waterfront. Today, the only surviving Union Civil War submarine, built in Newark, sits in the National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt. In 1918, the technology pioneered there was turned against the Jersey Shore when U-151 went on a one-day ship-sinking rampage. A World War II U-boat offensive torpedoed numerous ships off the coast, leaving oil-soaked beaches strewn with wreckage. Authors Joseph G. Bilby and Harry Ziegler reveal the remarkable history of submarines off the New Jersey coastline.
About the Author
Joseph Bilby was born in Newark, New Jersey, and is the author/editor of more than four hundred articles and nineteen books on New Jersey and military history. He served as lieutenant in the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. Mr. Bilby has received the Jane Clayton award for contributions to Monmouth County (NJ) history and an award of merit from the New Jersey Historical Commission for his contributions to the state's military history.
Harry Ziegler worked for many years at the Asbury Park Press, New Jersey's second largest newspaper, rising from reporter to bureau chief, editor and managing editor of the paper. He is currently associate principal of Bishop George Ahr High School, in Edison, New Jersey, and this is the seventh book he has co-authored on New Jersey history.
Table of Contents
1 New Jersey and Early Submarines 11
2 The Cruise of U-151 25
3 World War II 49
4 The Jersey Shore Copes 83
5 Afterward 103
About the Authors 127