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USS Nautilus in 1/300 scale about 12" long
These "3" Ships can be built from this kit# SS114. $Soon
in one" is the motto of this set which includes
three of the most attractive ship models of
those days - namely the
Essential Skills Scale Modeling
dp. 3533 tons (surf.), 4092 tons (subm.); l. 323.8'; b. 27.8';
s. 22k (surf.), 25k (subm.); td. 700'; a. 6-21" tt. fwd.;
cpl. 13 officers - 92 enlisted men; cl. "NAUTILUS"
Keel laid down by the Electric Boat Div., General Dynamics Corp., Groton,
Launched: 21JAN54; Sponsored by Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower;
Commissioned: 30SEP54 with Cdr Eugene P. Wilkinson in command;
Museum ship Groton, CT 15OCT92.
On 12 December 1951, the Navy Department announced that the world's first nuclear submarine, (SSN571), would carry the name NAUTILUS.
Construction of NAUTILUS was made possible by the successful development of a nuclear propulsion plant by a group of scientists and engineers at the Naval Reactors Branch of the Atomic Energy Commission, under the leadership of Captain Hyman G. Rickover, USN. Authorized by Congress in July 1951, her keel was laid on 14 June 1952 at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut., by President Harry S. Truman. A year and a half later, on 21 January 1954, Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower broke the traditional bottle of champagne across NAUTILUS' bow as she slid down the ways into the Thames River. Barely eight months later NAUTILUS became a commissioned ship in the United States Navy.
On the morning of 17 January 1955, at 1100 EST, NAUTILUS' Commanding Officer, Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson, USN ordered all lines cast off and signaled the memorable and historic message "UNDERWAY ON NUCLEAR POWER." Over the next several years, NAUTILUS would shatter all submerged speed and distance records.
NAUTILUS departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 23 July 1958 under Top Secret orders to conduct "Operation Sunshine," the first crossing of the North Pole by a ship. At 1115 on 3 August 1958, Commander William R. Anderson, USN, Commanding Officer of NAUTILUS, announced to the crew "For the world, Our Country and the Navy - the North Pole" with 116 men aboard, NAUTILUS had accomplished the "impossible" - reaching the geographic North Pole, 90 degrees North.
In May 1959, NAUTILUS entered Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine for her first complete overhaul - the first of any nuclear powered ship - and the replacement of her second fuel core. Upon completion of her overhaul in August 1960, NAUTILUS departed for a period of refresher training, then deployed to the Mediterranean Sea to become the first nuclear submarine assigned to the U.S. Sixth Fleet.
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