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Surface At The Pole: The Extraordinary Voyages Of The USS Skate (Bluejacket Books)

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The story of the atomic sub sent to the Arctic Ocean to determine if submarines could safely navigate beneath its floes and surface.
Paperback, 220 pages
Published by US Naval Institute Press (first published 1961)
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This book has suddenly become hugely topical, thanks to the unusual (during the short period Man has inhabited Earth) and significant extent of melting of the North polar icecap. The resulting opportunities to forge trade routes by sea to/from the Far East, considerably shortening the distance, time, and transport costs, will prove irresistible.

Surface at the Pole describes an extraordinary military ‘adventure’; led by a remarkable man who later rose to the rank of vice-admiral in the US navy. A
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Jeff Wombold
Sep 13, 2014 Jeff Wombold rated it really liked it
The sub I was on (USS Queenfish) went to pole and did a marvelous job of mapping new territories, but it was the Skate and the Nautilus the paved the way. I wasn't on the Queenfish when it went to the pole, but I wish I would've been part of that history. I relive my days as a submariner and all the perils that go along with that and the brotherhood that exists,every time I read a book on submarines. This is a must read for all those that crave adventure.
Anila Jayakrishnan
Jul 21, 2015 Anila Jayakrishnan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, travel, history
This is a book for people who love adventures. Though sailing to the North Pole in a submarine is not something most of us have a privilege to actually experience, do read this book to live through the lows and highs faced by Commander James F. Calvert and his crew as they successfully completed a gargantuan mission. The descriptive language of the author helps us in visualizing the North Pole in the most tantalizing way. His narration makes you smile and relax as the journey proceeds ...more
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