National Affairs: Down to the Sea

It was cold and gloomy in Groton, Conn, on the day the revolutionary Nautilus was launched. An old London fog enveloped New London, across the river, and the crowd of 15,000 that gathered around the bow of the world's first nuclear-powered submarine last week could not even see the stern. Nevertheless, the occasion was an auspicious and a proud one for the Navy. For Rear Admiral Ffyman Rickover (TIME, Jan. 11), it was the fulfillment of a dream, the end of a bitter, seven-year fight to introduce atomic power to the Navy.*


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