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What is tattoo Tuesday about?

January 21, 2014

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Here is the Nautilus approaching New York

The USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear submarine, was launched today in 1954.  This occurred in the midst of the Cold War and advances by Soviet scientists into the space race.  Nautilus was the first vessel to reach and cross the north pole while submerged – which brought Russia much closer to the reach of this new nuclear Navy.

USS Nautilus (SSN-571) was the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine. She was the first vessel to complete a submerged transit to the North Pole on 3 August 1958. Sharing names with the submarine in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and named after another USS Nautilus (SS-168) that served with distinction in World War II, Nautilus was authorized in 1951 and launched in 1954. 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. (Wikipedia)

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Sharing the same name is the craft from the Jules Verne novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

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And, of course, the tattoos – of the chambered nautilus.

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7 comments

  1. I have a fossile of one I got high in the Himallias


    • I’d love to hear about that trip! I think they are beautiful creatures.


      • The trip was a long time ago when I was young and agile 😉


  2. Nice submarines. I wonder if there are any submarine tattoos. They probably have to be under your skin. 🙂


    • Reaching new depths, I see.


  3. Well you know what they say about submarines, they’re persistent. Of course, they’re oft heard but seldom seen…



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