When the nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton was commissioned in
November 1959, its commanding officer, Captain Edward L. Beach,
planned a routine shakedown cruise in the North Atlantic. Two weeks
before the scheduled cruise, however, Beach was summoned to
Washington and told of the immediate necessity to prove the
reliability of the Rickover-conceived submarine. His new secret
orders were to take the Triton around the world, entirely submerged
the total distance.
This is Beach's gripping firsthand account of what went on during
the 36,000 nautical-mile voyage whose record for speed and
endurance still stands today. It brings to life the many tense
events in the historic journey: the malfunction of the essential
fathometer that indicated the location of undersea mountains and
shallow waters, the sudden agonizing illness of a senior petty
officer, and the serious problems with the ship's main hydraulic
oil system. Intensely dramatic, Beach's chronicle also describes
the psychological stresses of the journey and some touching moments
shared by the crew. A skillful story teller, he recounts the
experience in such detail that readers feel they have been along
for the ride of a lifetime.
US Naval Institute Press
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Edward L. Beach
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