Description: USS SIMON LAKE was the lead ship of the SIMON LAKE - class of submarine tenders and the first ship in the Navy named after Simon Lake who was a mechanical engineer and naval architect. He was the inventor of even-keel type submarines and built ARGONUT, in 1897, which was the first submarine to operate successfully in the open sea. He also invented submarine apparatus for locating and recovering sunken vessels and their cargoes, and a heavy-oil internal combustion engine for marine use. He died on 23 June 1945.
The USS SIMON LAKE served the Navy for 34 years until decommissioned on July 31, 1999. At the moment, the SIMON LAKE is held in reserve at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.