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Very nice find. These Salvage Unit models surface on Ebay sometimes but are rare relative to some of the other subs.. Almost all follow a pattern which likely originated at PNSY, with most but not all named to a particular submarine. As to your model it may have belonged to someone in the salvage operation, which was large and heavily publicized at the time. It's unclear to me if most of these models for other subs were launch keepsakes- some subs seem more common than others, which might mean they were sent home as sailors served on a particular boat. Squalus items typically command high prices- with pieces removed during its recovery and restoration being highly prized.

 

I should add that there are subtle differences in these models, which might suggest they were made at different times or by different shops at the Yard.

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