From the estate of a retired Naval chief warrant officer, is this commemorative program from the January 21, 1954 launching of the USS Nautilus, the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine and the first submarine to complete a submerged transit of the North Pole in 1958. As part of his interesting career, this gentleman, as the top Naval student in his class studying the new technology of nuclear submarines, had the privilege to serve as the first helmsman of the Nautilus. The building of the new submarine was authorized in 1951 with the contract going to General Dynamics. Because of the nuclear propulsion allowed the sub to remain submerged much long than diesel-electric subs, she broke many records in her first years of operation and traveled to locations previously beyond the reach of submarines. Wither her successful operation, information was used to improve subsequent submarines. The Nautilus was decommissioned on March 2, 1980 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982. She is preserved as a museum ship at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Connecticut.
This heavy cardstock program consists of 12 pages depicting the launching ceremony, where First Lady Mamie Eisenhower christened the submarine. The initial page is a message from the President and CEO of General Dynamics giving an overview of the Nautilus. The subsequent pages document the building of the sub and outline the speakers for the program for the day of the launching (we have depicted each page in our photographs). This is a fascinating piece of military history! The brochure measures 11 7/8” x 9 7/8”. Considering this was issued to those who participated in the ceremony shortly after the launching, this piece is in very good condition. There is a smudge on the top front right corner, but there is no tearing. I don’t know if the paper has darkened over the years or if the ecru paper is the original color. I suspect it is still very close to the original color; there is no foxing. This man was proud of his military service and took care of his memorabilia.
We have other items from the Nautilus launching listed in our shop. Just put in Nautilus, and they should come up.
Since this is an irreplaceable piece of historical information, we will be shipping this in a box instead of a large envelope, so the shipping may be a little higher than anticipated.
This would be a wonderful addition to your military history collection. Please contact us if you have any questions. We will always consider any reasonable offer for our pieces.
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