My World Tuesday: The USS Nautilus Submarine Force Library Museum, Groton, Connecticut

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Here is the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Connecticut. Walking around this place, I was awed by the audacious minds who thought up these contraptions and the audacious spirits who put them to work in the name of war, peace, and research. Amazing. Click here for a link to a slide show containing shots of the inside of the USS Nautilus.

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  1. I know, right? Sorry, you're never gonna get me down in one of those. I get skeeved out enough by harbor tunnels. Maybe it'd be different if they had windows. then again, that far down it's so dark, what's to see?

    Love the photographs though!

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  2. Totally new to me and very interesting too.
    Great shots captured.

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  3. Fantastic shots! Have to admit though I get a little queasy in such limited spaces and the thought of being underwater at the same -- well, takes my breath away, but not necessarily in a good way! Very interesting information! Thanks, Sandy.

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  4. Fantastic Library.
    Beautiful World.

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  5. I love the details of each of the photos. A very interesting place to visit.

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  6. I would hate to go to sea on one of those, but I'd like to visit this one.

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  7. I climbed on hubby's submarine and went down the ladder when I was pregnant if you can believe it! Groton was my first home in married life and I have some wonderful memories of being there.

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  8. Wonderful shots. I bet my hubby would love to visit there.

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  9. Sandy: Neat post, I was near there for a while but never visited. sometimes you wonder why.

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  10. Great shots, and interesting to know there is such a place. It is amazing that someone thought up all these inventions and actually made them work.

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  11. Anonymous5:26 PM

    You said it sister. Amen to that. Lovely post. Very interesting.

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  12. This is great. I made a model of the Nautilus when I was a child. I would like to see the real thing.

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  13. The minds that created this thing are amazing. I also think it amazing that people actually go to work here. I would faint as soon as they closed the hatch.

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  14. Sandy, though I have driven by this spot I have never been on the grounds or inside. I did not know it was a library! My husband's father was stationed in Groton when he was in the Navy. I think Gus has been on this sub.

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  15. interesting post, my bro-in-law served on a nuclear sub. I couldn't handle those closed in spaces

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  16. Interesting post but you would never get me down in a submarine. I don't even like the one that have at Disney!

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  17. Informative post! Love looking at all this from the outside, (and someonme else's camera) but there is no way I would go in! Really bad with closed places!

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  18. Very nice captures of the workings! Amazing minds to come forth with such a vessel...that is too tight a space for this claustrophobic!
    KacyK

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  19. Great pictures. I enjoyed the unique perspective you gave us.

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  20. Great photos ! and I'm glad the submarine is on the shore and not on the bottom of the sea someplace.

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  21. Very cool shots...

    Interesting post as well. Not sure if you'd get me underwater, in one of those !!! :-)

    The men who sailed in her were brave !

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  22. Thank you for sharing this very cool post. It is amazing that people would willingly climb aboard a submarine! I am so grateful to the ones who have and allowed me to live my life ! People like your Uncle will always have a special place in this world because of what they have done. Thank you My Dear friend!

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  23. great! thanks for sharing!

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  24. Wonderful post. My father-in-law was an engineer on some of the first nuclear subs built. He told wonderful stories about Groton.

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  25. Thanks for the tour. Looks like a fascinating place to visit.

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  26. Really?! i hope I don't appear too dumb but I didn't know there was a nuclear-powered sub. You got up close and personal! Aren't you always amazed by how huge anchors are?!

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  27. Interesting. How i wish i have a chance to visit it too!

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  28. Interesting place for a library! Will silverfish survive there? lol:)

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  29. such interesting/amazing vehicles!

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  30. Sandy, this very interesting sequence of images is worth seeing.

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  31. Connecticut certainly seems to have a lot of military installations. Reminds me of that great movie "Das Boot". Great photos.

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  32. Beautiful and terrible at the same time. Mankind does this duality often.

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  33. indeed all so incredible!

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  34. a nuclear-powered submarine! sounds powerful and scary. thanks for sharing the photos. happy tuesday!

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  35. An educational trip indeed.

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  36. Wow lovely trip and nice museum. I would love to be in a submarine.

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  37. Very nice photos Sandy. I love museums like this. If you ever get down to Baltimore, this is a submarine that you can tour at the Inner Harbor

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  38. Great pics! I am always amazed at the thought that people actually lived on these subs!

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  39. Great post and photos, I had a relative who was a submariner in the navy, he has many stories of living on a sub.

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  40. Looks very impressive !

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  41. Anonymous1:33 PM

    This was news to me...:)
    Awesome... wish I could come there sometime.... the slideshow was gr8.. keep posting!

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  42. Great images. I have never been to Groton but I have family in Conn.

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  43. Very interesting. I have nephews that served in the submarine fleet and hubby is retired navy so we are always interested in touring the mothball fleet.


    Thanks for the visit my way and the nice comment.

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  44. Great photos and a very impressive slide show. Extremely interesting! Have a great week Sandy.

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  45. Anonymous7:03 PM

    Nice to see the workings up close. I agree with Mojo - I can't imagine being on one of those and submerged for an extended period of time. Too scary!

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  46. Nice! You have some very cool perspectives in these photos. Always a pleasure. :)

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  47. Wonderful, Sandy! I spent some time on the 43 picture detailed site, and it brought back many memories.

    I was last aboard NAUTILUS in July 1968. I was a Midshipman, and my group was in Groton for two weeks of submarine training. Then we went to Pensacola FL for two weeks of aviation training, and then to Little Creek VA for two weeks of Marine training.

    NAUTILUS was very much in commission, only 14 years old, and we toured everywhere. The nuclear reactor was powering the electricity to cook our lunch, which we ate with the officers in the wardroom. My lasting impressions: very clean, and claustrophobic.

    I takes a special man to seal himself inside a big pipe, and stay underwater for six months.

    Thanks for your excellent reportage!

    -Greg
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  48. submarine museum! wow, i'd be very awed if i was there...it's really impressing what a brain can conceptualize and make it work.

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  49. I wouldn't wish to go under water in one of these type of ships, but the museum would be good to look through, some of the outdoor sculptures are interesting.

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  50. interesting photos.

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  51. So interesting-and fantastic photos too.

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  52. Great museum photos, Sandy! Thanks so much for visiting my My World post! I have been away so much this summer and have posted very little, and am so behind in visiting everyone's blogs. I hope to get caught up one of these days. It was good to see your comment. I am missing my regular blogging habits...I feel like I am so out of touch with all my friends out there. It looks like you are having a great summer. God bless--
    Marie

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  53. I spent many hours here waiting for my son's boat to leave... or come home. It's an incredible to think that one can stand on the deck of the first nuclear powered submarine.

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