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1Title:  The USS Thresher, lead boat in the Thresher class Add
 Summary:  The USS Thresher underway. The Thresher, the lead submarine in her class, was designed and built by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. This was a change from earlier practice; lead boats for earlier nuclear-powered sub classes were constructed by Electric Boat. The Thresher was lost at sea on 10 April 1963 with 129 crew members and civilian specialists on board. The precise reason for the submarine's loss was never determined. A court of inquiry found the most likely cause was a seawater leak in the engine room that started a chain of events that led to a loss of propulsion power. 
 Source:  http://www.steelnavy.com/BWNssn593.htm 
 Reference:  Rockwell, Theodore. The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference. Lincoln, NE: IUniverse, 2002, pages 315-320. 
 Date:  circa 1961 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Image 
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2Title:  The USS Thresher underway Add
 Summary:  Aerial view of the USS Thresher underway. The Thresher was constructed at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Her construction was plagued by difficulties, in part due to the use of HY-80 hull welds (needed to enable deeper submerged operations) and Portsmouth's lack of experience and proficiency, relative to Electric Boat, in building nuclear subs. The Thresher was lost at sea on 10 April 1963. A Navy court of inquiry found that engine room flooding, perhaps caused by the failure of a silver-brazed joint, resulted in a loss of electrical power and (following a reactor scram), a loss of proplusion power. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593.htm 
 Reference:  Duncan, Francis. Rickover and the Nuclear Navy: The Discipline of Technology. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 1990, pages 52-98. 
 Date:  30 April 1961 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
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3Title:  Artist's conception of the USS Thresher, showing location of torpedo tubes Add
 Summary:  An artist's conception of the USS Thresher firing torpedoes from its midships torpedo tubes. Since the Thresher's sonar equipment was located in the bow, her four torpedo tubes were placed further back in the hull. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593-g.htm 
 Date:  circa 1960 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
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4Title:  USS Thresher, bow view Add
 Summary:  A bow view of the USS Thresher (showing the sail and diving planes), taken in July 1961. The Thresher was the lead boat in her class, designed to support operations at a depth greater than that possible with submarines of the Skipjack class. The Thresher was built at the Portsmouth Naval Yard and was powered by an S5W reactor plant. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593.htm 
 Reference:  Duncan, Francis. Rickover and the Nuclear Navy: The Discipline of Technology. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 1990, pages 52-64. 
 Date:  24 July 1961 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
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5Title:  Brass pipe recovered from wreckage of USS Thresher Add
 Summary:  Photograph of a brass pipe recovered from the wreckage of the USS Thresher in 1963. The pipe was recovered by the bathyscaph Trieste, and it has the information "593 Boat" etched on the pipe. The Thresher was lost on 10 April 1963, with the loss of 129 crewmen and civilian workers. A court of inquiry determined that the most probable cause of the Thresher's loss was a seawater leak that led to a loss of electrical and propulsion power. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593-k.htm 
 Reference:  Polmar, Norman. The Death of the USS Thresher. Guilford, Conn: Lyons Press, 2004, pages 91-114. 
 Date:   1963 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
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6Title:  Rickover and the nuclear navy: The discipline of technology Add
 Summary:  An official history of the Naval Reactors program written by the late Francis Duncan. Duncan was co-author of Nuclear Navy, 1946-1962, the foundational history of the program. 
 Source:  http://energy.gov/management/downloads/duncan-rickover-and-nuclear-navy 
 Date:   1990 
 Subject(s):  Naval Reactors | Rickover, Hyman G. | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | USS Nimitz (CVN-68) | Reactor safety 
 Type:  Text 
 Format:  PDF 
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