Monday, 29 October 2012

The Seadragon

The Story of the Sub...

The USS Seadragon (SSN-584), was a Skate class submarine. Her keel was laid down on June 20, 1956. She was actually the second submarine to go by the name Seadragon. The Seadragon number 2 was launched on August 16, 1958, and commissioned on 5 December 1959, with Lieutenant Commander George P. Steele in command.
   On 21 August 1960, Seadragon completed the first submarine transit of the Northwest Passage, a sea route through the Arctic Ocean. She reached the North Pole on 25 August and broke through thin ice to become the third submarine to surface in the North Pole.She was to make one more journey to the Arctic in 1962 with her sister sub USS Skate.

This lovely cover was posted on 14 May 1963 while Seadragon was undergoing repairs in Hawaii. The cachet on the envelope is a copy of the Seadragon insignia. The colour version looks like this...

 The Seadragon was decommissioned on 12 June 1984.

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