USS SEAWOLF (SSN 575) print

color print

Electric Boat, Division of General Dynamics
USA, CT, Groton
circa 1960
overall: 8-1/2 x 11 in.; image: 7-3/4 x 10-1/2 in.

Color lithograph; USS SEAWOLF, SSN 575 (built 1953-1955) depicted cruising underwater next to rocky wall; printed on bottom center "USS SEAWOLF (SSN 575)"; printed on bottom right "BUILT BY ELECTRIC BOAT, A DIVISION OF GENERAL DYNAMICS CORPORATION"; printed on back "USS SEAWOLF (SSN 575)/ Seawolf is the second vessel in history to be driven by atomic power. Not a sister/ or successor to the Nautilus, she represents a parallel development in the Navy's/ program of building an atomic fleet./ The ship is driven by a 'submarine intermediate reactor' containing a small lump/ of uranium no bigger than a golf ball. Unlike the Nautilus reactor which uses high/ pressure water, the Seawolf's power plant uses liquid metal, sodium, to transfer heat/ generated by the uranium to the ship's engine./ Her specifications as a ship of war, however, are similar to those of the Nautilus./ She is built to cruise underwater for almost unlimited periods of time, and is thus capable/ of penetrating deep into unfirendly waters with a minimun chance of detection./ Built on the long clean lines of a deep-sea game fish, Seawolf's hull is designed/ for high speed submerged rather than on the surface. She is able to cruise at depths/ that were prohibitive in the days of older conventional submarines. Her underwater/ speed is in excess of 20 knots./ Her hull dimensions are roughly the same as those of the Nautilus, 300 by 28 feet,/ but the shape differs slightly in that she has a more bulbous bow. The Seawolf was/ launched July 21, 1955." Enclosed in portfolio 2003.92.22.


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