Groton ceremony to commemorate Nautilus launch anniversary

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A ceremony Saturday in Groton is marking the 60th anniversary of the launch of the historic submarine USS Nautilus.

Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered vessel, is now part of a museum next to Naval Submarine Base New London.

It was on the morning of Jan. 17, 1955 that the sub’s commanding officer ordered all lines cast off and signaled that Nautilus was underway under nuclear power.

One of the original Nautilus crew members, Bill Engdall, is expected to speak at the ceremony in the museum. Waterfront units at the submarine base also will join Nautilus in a minute-long whistle blast at 11 a.m. as part of the observance.

The Nautilus steamed more than half a million miles in its 25 years of service.

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