Nation: In Pueblo's Wake

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In the wintry waters of the Sea of Japan, 26 miles off the inhospitable coastline of North Korea, the 906-ton U.S.S. Pueblo went routinely about her tasks as an electronic scavenger. She sampled the water around her with bottles strung from her sides, and listened for submarines below. She sniffed the skies above with the thickets of antennas that bristle from her superstructure, and scooped up every electronic signal for miles around with a formidable array of supersecret equipment.

Converted last spring from a lowly Army freighter of the sort that toted...

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