|MOTHER OF SUBMARINES|
|TO BECOME A CURIOSITY|
"Holland No. 9" Will Be Escorted by City Officials to Train -- To
Take Place With Other Scientific Achievements
The concluding chapter in the history here of the United States submarine boat "Holland No. 9" will be written on Columbus Day, October 12, where the shell of the famous underwater craft will be shipped from the Commercial Museum to New York for exhibition at the Bronx Inter- national Exhibition.
There it will be a prominent feature in a display of other scientific achievements. Surrounding it will be early models of the telephone, phonograph, motion-picture ma- chines, aeroplanes and other inventions that have made America famous as the land of inventive genius. Eventually the "Hol- land" is to find a permanent home in a building in New York, to be established by a society for the maintenance of triumphs of the peaceful arts, which is to include shops and laboratories to aid in ventors.
In leaving Philadelphia the old submarine will be honored by a civic and naval parade. It will be escorted by Mayor Smith, the Mayor’s cabinet and other city officials, the commandant and 350 bluejackets and mar- ines from the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Starting at 10 o’clock from the grounds of the Commercial Museum, the parade route will be on Thirty-fourth street to Market, down Market to Broad street and on Broad street to Washington avenue.
It was Henry A. Hitner’s Sons Company, the Philadelphia wreckers and dealers in second-hand material, that saved the Hol- land from going to the scrap heap when abandoned as obsolete by the Navy Depart- ment and offered for sale as old iron. That firm bought the boat, and after disposing of the engines and other fittings they placed the shell in the Commercial Museum for ex- hibition.
Later Walter A. Hall, a member of the original crew of the Holland, now an elec- trical engineer and aviator, sought to pro- vide a permanent resting place for it. He appealed to the public for its preservation. There was a ready response to the appeal and finally Dr. Peter J. Gibbons and his son, Austin Flint Gibbons, of New York, ob- tained the boat. They have loaned it to, the Bronx International Exposition for a year and will then present it to the New York Society which is to establish a Mu seum for triumphs of American inventors.
The Holland No. 9, was the first sub- marine craft to be bought and commissioned by a national Government. John P. Hol- land, her inventor had built eight subma- rines in a series of experiments before he produced the famous boat. It was built at the Crescent yard in Elizabethport, N. J. On the surface the boat could make six knots an hour under gasoline power and about eight knots with the assistance of the electric motor.