United States Ship Nautilus and its collection

United States Ship Nautilus

USS Nautilus (SSN-571) was the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine and the first submarine to complete a submerged transit of the North Pole on 3 August 1958. Her initial commanding officer was Eugene "Dennis" Wilkinson , a widely respected naval officer who set the stage for many of the protocols of today's Nuclear Navy of the US, and who had a storied career during military service and afterwards. Sharing a name with Captain Nemo 's fictional submarine in Jules Verne 's classic 1870 science fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and the USS Nautilus (SS-168) that served with distinction in World War II , the new nuclear-powered Nautilus was authorized in 1951. Construction began in 1952, and the boat was launched in January 1954, attended by Mamie Eisenhower , First Lady of the United States , wife of 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower ; it was commissioned the following September into the United States Navy . Nautilus was delivered to the Navy in 1955. Because her nuclear propulsion allowed her to remain submerged far longer than diesel-electric submarines, she broke many records in her first years of operation and traveled to locations previously beyond the limits of submarines. In operation, she revealed a number of limitations in her design and construction. This information was used to improve subsequent submarines. Nautilus was decommissioned in 1980 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982. The submarine has been preserved as a museum ship at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Connecticut , where the vessel receives around 250,000 visitors per year.

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United States Ship Nautilus
1 Crystal Lake Rd
CT 06340 Groton

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9:00 – 17:00
Tuesday Closed
9:00 – 17:00
9:00 – 17:00
9:00 – 17:00
9:00 – 17:00
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1 Crystal Lake Rd, Groton

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