Sub History.... (all answers) Silent and Strange
For brotherhood of submariners and their guests:
In 1931 a leased, U.S. submarine "Nautilus" attempted a research expedition under the Arctic ice cap. There were accidents, delays and suspected sabotage. On the return voyage, the crew scuttled the ship off the coast of Bergen, Norway. About 27 years later the nuclear submarine Nautilus completed a submerged, 1830 mile voyage under the Arctic ice cap.
What was SSN-571's direction of travel? Skimmer difficulty level answer: See this map
11 crew members received what at the North Pole? Nuke difficulty level. ans. dolphins.
And now the hard part..
What antique documents were carried onboard during SSN-571's voyage?
Honorary Naval Historian difficulty level. ans. selections from the Hunley papers -surviving 1860's documents relating to the first, successful, attack submarine for whose designer (and interim commander) the lead ship (AS-31) of Hunley class tenders was named in1959 .
First correct answerer(s) will be confirmed with ample praise.
Bothenook was remarkably fast and first with accurate answers to the first two questions. He also mentioned the Nautilus's PUC. Here's the skinny: -- A gold block letter N was authorized for wear on the Navy Presidential Unit Citation awarded to the crew of the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) for service between July 22 and August 5, 1958. Bubblehead clarifies the PUC further: every crewman who served on the boat thereafter got to wear the PUC while they were assigned; even the tour guides serving on her now get to wear the PUC ribbon.
Submandave guesses documents associated with Peary's famed trip to the North Pole in 1909.
That would be logical and it may be true, but I have not been unable to verify it. Bothenook
just verified Peary logs for Submandave. Congratulations, Dave, You Are An Honorary Naval Historian! What antique documents (hint: older than 1909) were also onboard during Nautilus's polar voyage? We'll give that another day.