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Unknown Waters: A First-Hand Account of the Historic Under-ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651) [NOOK Book]

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Charting the Siberian continental shelf during the height of the Cold WarThis book tells the story of the brave officers and men of the nuclear attack submarine USS Queenfish (SSN-651), who made the first survey of an extremely important and remote region of the Artic Ocean. The unpredictability of deep-draft sea ice, shallow water, and possible Soviet discovery, all played a dramatic part in this fascinating 1970 voyage. Covering 3100...
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Unknown Waters: A First-Hand Account of the Historic Under-ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651)

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Charting the Siberian continental shelf during the height of the Cold WarThis book tells the story of the brave officers and men of the nuclear attack submarine USS Queenfish (SSN-651), who made the first survey of an extremely important and remote region of the Artic Ocean. The unpredictability of deep-draft sea ice, shallow water, and possible Soviet discovery, all played a dramatic part in this fascinating 1970 voyage. Covering 3100 miles over a period of some 20 days at a laborious average speed of 6.5 knots or less, the attack submarine carefully threaded its way through innumerable underwater canyons of ice and over irregular seafloors, at one point becoming entrapped in an "ice garage." Only cool thinking and skillful maneuvering of the nearly 5,000-ton vessel enabled a successful exit. The most hazardous phase of the journey began 240 nautical miles south of the North Pole with a detailed hydrographic survey of an almost totally uncharted Siberian shelf, from the northwestern corner of the heavily glaciated Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago to the Bering Strait via the shallow, thickly-ice-covered Laptev, East Siberian, and Chukchi seas. The skipper of theQueenfishhad been trained and selected by Admiral Hyman Rickover and, inspired by this polar experience, McLaren became one of the world’s foremost Arctic scientists, studying first at Cambridge University and then obtaining his doctorate in physical geography of the Polar Regions from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817380069
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 243
  • Sales rank: 1,353,374
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Alfred S. McLaren is a retired U.S. Navy Captain, recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal and two Legions of Merit, President Emeritus of The Explorers Club, Senior Pilot of the SAS Aviator submersible, and Director of Sub Aviator Systems, Redondo Beach, California. He and his wife reside in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. William R. Anderson was skipper of USS Nautilus (SSN-571) during that vessel’s 1958 achievement of the North Pole and historic Pacific to Atlantic crossing of the Arctic Ocean. He was subsequently awarded the Legion of Merit by President Eisenhower and, following his retirement from the Navy, elected to the U.S. Congress from Tennessee for four terms. He died in 2007 and was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Table of Contents


Contents
List of Illustrations 000
Foreword by Captain William R. Anderson, U.S. Navy (Ret.) 000
Preface
Acknowledgments 000
1. Man Overboard! 000
2. Becoming a Submarine Officer 000
3. The Advent of the True Arctic Submarine 000
4. Construction and Commissioning of USS Queenfish (SSN-651) 000
5. First Arctic Test of Queenfish: The Davis Strait Marginal Sea-Ice
Operation 000
6. Prospective Commanding Officer Training for Submarine Command 000
7. Taking Command of Queenfish 000
8. Mission Underway: En Route to the Arctic at Last 000
9. A Brief on the Arctic Ocean and Siberian Continental Shelf 000
10. Through the Bering Strait and into the Chukchi Sea 000
11. First Surfacings in the Arctic Ocean: En Route to the Geographic North
Pole 000
12. Exploring the Nansen Cordillera for Volcanic Activity 000
13. The Northeast Passage and the Development of the Northern Sea Route 000
14. To Severnaya Zemlya and the Beginning of the Shelf Survey 000
15. The East Coast of Severnaya Zemlya and the Vilkitsky Strait 000
16. Alteration of the Survey Plan in the Shallow Laptev Sea 000
17. Northward around the New Siberian Islands 000
18. The Even Shallower East Siberian Sea 000
19. Return to Survey the Northwestern Chukchi Sea 000
20. Nome and the Long Journey Home 000
Epilogue 000
Appendix 000
Notes 000
Glossary 000
Bibliography 000
Index 000
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    A dangerous secret mission in the most hostile underwater environment on Earth!

    In 1970, CDR Alfred McLaren took the USS QUEENFISH, one of the Navy's most capable nuclear submarines, on a secret mission to to survey the Siberian Continental shelf. This journey took McLaren and his crew to the North Pole and back in a never before undertaken excursion. No submarine had ever been under the ice that long, and there was not a lot of knowledge on what to expect or what they would run into. From surprise icebergs to underwater 'ice garages,' McLaren's crew handled it with the professionalism and humor expected from the elite 'Silent Service.' Complete with photos, artist's drawings, and personal anecdotes, this book gives an excellent account of the voyage and the difficulties faced. It is obvious that the author is both a master in the art of submarine warfare and also has deep love and respect for the arctic and the ocean. Though very technical at times, it is still relatively easy to follow and provides even readers unfamiliar to the world of submariners an interesting and enjoyable description of the voyage. It is a must read for anyone interested in the submarine community, including submarine veterans and future submariners.

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