The world's biggest nuclear submarine Triton surfaced fully May 10 for the first time since its 84-day encirclement of the globe underwater.
The world's biggest nuclear submarine Triton surfaced fully May 10 for the first time since its 84-day encirclement of the globe underwater. Triton rose off Delaware. A helicopter hoisted its master, Captain Edward Beach off the submarine to fly him to Washington for decoration at the White House by President Eisenhower of the Legion of Merit.
Triton, the first submarine to sail around the world under water followed the route discoverer Magellan took 1519-22. Triton twice came near the surface though - once off Montevideo Uruguay to transfer a critically sick officer to another ship; and off Cadiz Spain to pay homage to Magellan but only the submarine's tower broke the surface of the sea.
During the historic voyage the Master celebrated his birthday, 42 men were promoted without knowing it and eight men became fathers.