|The United States Submarine Service was born
on April 11, 1900 when the Navy Department purchased John Holland's sixth
submarine. The Holland VI was commissioned as USS Holland
on October 12, 1900 and later given the designation SS-1.
My name is Gary McCue. I have a degree
in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb
Institute. I work as a consultant for Dassault
Systemes supporting the shipbuilding industry. Dassault Systemes developed
the CATIA software used to build the computer model of the USS Holland.
The John Holland project began in 1992 when
I was working for Computer Sciences Corporation supporting the Electric
Boat Company. I was looking for something I could model using CATIA that
could be used for public demonstrations. I decided to build a computer
model (of) the USS Holland because 1) it was a small submarine that
incorporated most of the systems used in submarines today, 2) it was the
first submarine in the United States Navy, and 3) it played a key role
in the formation of the Electric Boat Company. I soon learned that
little information was readily available. As a result, my modeling
project became a research project, a hobby and an obsession.
This website was created to share my research
with others. On this site, you will find:
1) Information on
each of his submarines
2) Technical and
historical details for the USS Holland
3) Information about
4) Holland family
5) Footnotes and
an extensive bibliography.
6) High resolution
scans of drawings found in the national archives.
7) Information on
late 19th century submarine development. (putting Holland's acheivements
8) Papers written
by John Holland
9) Crew recollections
10) Many historical documents
including trial reports, specifications and newspaper accounts.