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04-10-2020 11:56 AM

On this day in 1963 we lost the thresher with 129 brave souls on board. Please never forget.


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#1 posted 04-10-2020 12:15 PM

I was a kid, 8 yrs old. My brother was a nuclear pipe welder at the yard then. It was a somber day at our house when that happened. A new nuclear sub, out for a test run with dignitaries and others on board for the ride. Everyone who had a hand at putting the boat together felt a little responsible.

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#2 posted 04-10-2020 12:56 PM

yes – we should never forget any of our fallen shipmates.
I was stationed on four submarine “Tenders” during my Naval career
and working on submarines is an extremely serious job for everyone involved.

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#3 posted 04-10-2020 03:05 PM

Some may be interested in this new article. Dated today.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a31351061/why-did-uss-thresher-submarine-sink/

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#4 posted 04-10-2020 03:22 PM

Never forget any of the souls lost in the protection of our country.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 04-11-2020 06:33 PM



Some may be interested in this new article. Dated today.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a31351061/why-did-uss-thresher-submarine-sink/

- AlaskaGuy


Says the 1200 page classified report is coming out in 300 page chunks starting May 15. For us sub groupies it will be fascinating. I was only 2 when it happened but I’ve always wonder what happened. And I’ve always thought the Navy knew what caused it.

-- Eric

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#6 posted 04-15-2020 04:20 AM

My father was a Navy vet and we lived in NH at the time. I recall, from memory, that the Navy contracted a ‘bathyscafe’ named Trieste to patrol off the Isles of Shoals, (NH) and they found the sub. A horrific day for America.

Thanks, jbmaine, and COTL for remembering.

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#7 posted 04-15-2020 04:42 AM



My father was a Navy vet and we lived in NH at the time. I recall, from memory, that the Navy contracted a bathyscafe named Trieste to patrol off the Isles of Shoals, (NH) and they found the sub. A horrific day for America.

Thanks, jbmaine, and COTL for remembering.

- poopiekat

The Trieste. I remember it. An oil filled submarine made in Italy. I think it was the first one to do the mariana trench. It had a blimp like thing filled with oil. I used lead shot to sink and dumped it to rise to the surface again.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 04-15-2020 01:44 PM

Trieste is a spherical bathyscaphe that hangs from a unpressurized oblong float chamber filled with gasoline.

-- Eric

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#9 posted 04-17-2020 05:43 PM

Is the USS Albacore still open for museum tours? It was berthed in Portsmouth, but was under repair last time I visited the area.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 04-17-2020 06:39 PM



Is the USS Albacore still open for museum tours? It was berthed in Portsmouth, but was under repair last time I visited the area.

- poopiekat

I haven’t been there in years so I don’t know for sure. I do remember that the joke about “like a screen door on a submarine” takes on new meaning as they did cut a hole in the side and put a screen door on it!

If I remember it was a smallish electric attack sub design.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 04-17-2020 09:53 PM

Thanks, COTL!

The one other thing I recall most about the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is that the Yard is actually on Badger Island, finally determined to be on the Maine side of the border. I think the state of Maine demanded a whole whack of retro-active state income taxes from shipyard employees going back several years.

I also recall that an unknown number of 55 gallon drums of Mercury were dumped in the water by the Navy Brig building somewhere, and are now too fragile to recover.

It’s a fascinating place, that shipyard and I wish I knew it better. Lots of my friends and neighbors worked there.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#12 posted 05-12-2020 09:44 PM

From: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/retired-captain-brings-navy-s-worst-sub-disaster-back-to-the-surface-1.621890

“In 1963, a naval court of inquiry blamed Thresher’s loss on catastrophic flooding from a ruptured pipe. Among those who dispute this theory is Bruce Rule, a former naval officer who eavesdropped on Soviet subs via SOSUS, a top secret network of hydrophones installed on the ocean floor. Now retired, Rule analyzed acoustical data for a 42-page monograph, “Why The USS Thresher (SSN-593) Was Lost.”

Rule concluded that the sub lost power for unknown reasons, then plunged helplessly from 1,300 feet to 2,400 feet below the surface. At that extreme depth, he maintained, the pressure hull collapsed in the blink of an eye — 1/20th of second.”

” Still, some question whether we should probe this wound. They argue that the fatal errors, whatever they were, have been corrected.

“The best people in the country looked at all that data and made changes,” MacVean said. “The country did the best they could at the time they were doing it.””

Three more days until the first 300 page chuck gets dropped….

-- Eric

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