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1Title:  View from the bridge prior to the Nautilus' submerged polar crossing Add
 Summary:  Nautilus Captain William Anderson (right) stands on the bridge prior to the submarine's historic voyage under the North Pole. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/Special%20Highlights/Nautilus/nautilus2.htm 
 Reference:  Anderson, William R., and Don Keith. The Ice Diaries: The Untold Story of the Cold War's Most Daring Mission. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2008, pages 217-226. 
 Date:   1958 
 Subject(s):  S2W | USS Nautilus (SSN-571) | Naval Reactors 
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2Title:  Report of the Underseas Warfare Advisory Panel to the Subcommittee on Military Applications. August 1958 Add
 Summary:  This report was produced by the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy's Underseas Warfare Advisory Panel to the Subcommittee on Military Applications. It was motivated in part upon the planned construction of ballistic missile submarines, which employed two technologies, "the nuclear-propelled submarine, and the submarine-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile" (5). Several of the recommendations impacted the size of the Naval Reactors program, including requests that "the rate and scale of our attack submarine construction program should be significantly increased" and that "the Navy should immediately proceed with the construction of an initial task unit of nine Polaris submarines, and authorization and appropriations for this purpose should be requested of the present session of the Congress" (4). The S5W reactor plant was used in the early ballistic missile submarines, beginning with the USS George Washington. 
 Source:  http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/3331944 
 Date:   1958 
 Subject(s):  Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Text 
 Format:  PDF 
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3Title:  Authorizing legislation for destroyer reactor plant Add
 Summary:  This hearing document describes an appropriation to support the construction of the destroyer prototype plant D1G at the General Electric facility in West Milton, New York. The primary purpose of the D1G project was “to provide for development of the lightest practicable pressurized water reactor plant which can be effectively utilized in the Navy's nuclear-powered destroyer which is included in the fiscal year 1959 shipbuilding program” (2). The D1G reactor plant itself incorporated “advances in the areas of nuclear physics, heat transfer, reactor control, fuel element design and core life” (2). The hearing focuses on related issues, such as the status and timing of the Navy’s request for the nuclear-powered destroyer and the D1G’s relation to the aircraft carrier prototype, then under construction at the Idaho National Laboratory. Additionally, there is a dialogue on the need for the prototype plant, given the information that was available based on the operation of existing nuclear-powered prototypes and submarines. W. Kenneth Davis, Director of the AEC’s Division of Reactor Development, notes that the D1G is prototype will represent “a new and advanced type of propulsion plant,” making the construction of a prototype necessary (6). 
 Source:  http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/5461058 
 Date:   1958 
 Subject(s):  D1G | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Text 
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4Title:  The USS Nautilus after her successful polar voyage Add
 Summary:  The USS Nautilus enters New York harbor following her successful voyage under the North Pole. The Nautilus was the first submarine to reach the North Pole, sailing under the pole on 3 August 1958. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/Special%20Highlights/Nautilus/nautilus1.htm 
 Reference:  Anderson, William R., and Don Keith. The Ice Diaries: The Untold Story of the Cold War's Most Daring Mission. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2008, pages 280-332. 
 Date:  25 August 1958 
 Subject(s):  S2W | USS Nautilus (SSN-571) | Naval Reactors 
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5Title:  Launch of the USS Skipjack Add
 Summary:  The launch of the USS Skipjack, lead boat in her class. The Skipjack incorporated a new hull design to improve her underwater speed, through a decrease in the length-to-beam ratio (making the boat both shorter and wider compared with nuclear submarines such as the Nautilus and Skate). The Skipjack was the first submarine powered by the S5W reactor plant, which became the Navy's submarine fleet reactor, used to drive both attack and ballistic missile submarines. 
 Source:  http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08585.htm 
 Date:  26 May 1958 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Skipjack (SSN-585) | Naval Reactors 
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6Title:  The Nautilus approaches New York City, 1958 Add
 Summary:  The USS Nautilus, following the successful completion of her 1958 transpolar voyage. Admiral Hyman Rickover's joint Navy/Atomic Energy Commission organization led the creation of the Nautilus. Under Naval Reactors, Westinghouse was responsible for the design and construction of the land-based S1W prototype reactor plant and the S2W plant that powered the Nautilus. Electric Boat constructed the Nautilus and was a subcontractor to Westinghouse for construction of the S1W prototype's hull. 
 Source:  http://www.navy.mil/navydata/cno/n87/history/subhistory2.html 
 Reference:  Hewlett, Richard G., and Francis Duncan. Nuclear Navy, 1946-1962. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974, pages 158-161. 
 Date:  25 August 1958 
 Subject(s):  S2W | USS Nautilus (SSN-571) | Naval Reactors 
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7Title:  Foster Wheeler straight tube steam generator Add
 Summary:  One of the two Foster Wheeler straight tube steam generators being placed in a boiler room in the Shippingport Atomic Power Station. Each generator contained 2,096 stainless steel tubes, with each tube having an outer diameter of one-half inch. The heads of the steam generator each had 18 inch pipe connections to the secondary system. 
 Source:  http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/PA1658/ 
 Reference:  U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Duquesne Light Company, and International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy. The Shippingport Pressurized Water Reactor. Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co, 1958, pages 33-34. 
 Date:  10 August 1958 
 Subject(s):  Shippingport Atomic Power Station | Nuclear engineering | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Image 
 Format:  JPEG 
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