ARMED FORCES: The Chambered Nautilus

The Navy reached back into history to find a fitting name for the atomic submarine now abuilding, and finding it, broke from its tidy modern-day custom of naming all submarines after deep-sea fish. The name of the atomic craft: U.S.S. Nautilus.

It was a famous old sub name. Long before Robert Fulton puffed up the Hudson in his steamboat in 1807, he was experimenting with a long, platter-shaped submarine named Nautilus.* Jules Verne used the name for the spike-nosed boat commanded by Captain Nemo in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Over the years, two U.S. Navy subs have...

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