Having a nuclear reactor on board a ship is not a new idea. Having a pair of Russian nuclear reactors on a barge in the Arctic Region is kind of novel however. I have been watching with interest the progress of the Akademik Lomonosov for a short while now and intrigued by the possibilities it […]Read More Northern lights? (or the glow from a reactor meltdown)
Eyewitness to history: Who was Elton C. Fay? Elton C. Fay, was an Associated Press reporter who covered the Pentagon from the days of World War II to the Vietnam War. His death was recorded in a common obituary and stated that he died at his Silver Spring, Md., home after a long illness. He […]Read More Eyewitness to history: Who was Elton C. Fay?
1954 – The year underwater warfare changed forever. I’ve always found it interesting that I was born in the same year the Nautilus was brought on line. I have a close family member (now deceased) who worked for Westinghouse and was part of the team that worked on her propulsion. Living in Western Pennsylvania, I […]Read More 1954 – The year underwater warfare changed forever
Blue Nose In my time on board submarines, I traveled many places around the world. But traveling under the ice to the North Pole remains one of my most elusive goals. The sheer adventure of the trip appeals to me as a submariner and I am indeed envious of anyone who has safely navigated through […]Read More The Other Nautilus and Simon Lake’s Dream of Under Ice Travel
The world’s atomic agencies were watching America’s Naval Atomic program closely and with great interest in 1959 In late 1958, the focus on atomic submarines was still centered on what came to be known as the fast attack. In this report that highlighted all of the sea going efforts at harnessing nuclear power, the author […]Read More A Pocket-sized Nuclear Reactor on a Mini-Submarine? (almost) circa 1958
Cold War 1 – How the American Navy Pivoted its Submarine Force to Win the Day I love this time of year. Perspectives on the achievements of the past year reign supreme in the press and on almost all manner of media. With the advances of social media, the avalanche of looking back articles will […]Read More LOOKING BACK: NINETEEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY- EIGHT is gone. (How the submarine force pivoted in 1958 to win the Cold War)
The Birth of the Atomic Fleet In 1950, the same year the USS Pickerel conducted a remarkable journey from Hong Kong to Hawaii in just 21 days under snorkel, the President of the United States, President Harry S. Truman, authorized the building of an atomic submarine for the first (August 1950). Pundits and politicians had […]Read More The Birth of the Atomic Fleet – When Science Fiction was Dwarfed by Science Fact