A contributor in Chicopee, Massachusetts has a stack of technical drawings and engineering documents he found in his late great-uncle’s basement some years ago.
A few of the documents bear the numbers and letters SSN-593.
This appellation belonged to the nuclear submarine USS Thresher, an attack class vessel that had been the pride of the U.S. Navy during the Cold War.
On April 10th, 1963, the Thresher was undergoing deep sea trials when, along with its nuclear reactor, the vessel sank with the loss of all hands 220 miles off the coast of Massachusetts.
How could our contributor's great-uncle have been in possession of documents linked to one of the most secret weapons in the U.S. Cold War arsenal?
History Detectives explores one of the most traumatic events in U.S. Naval history.
- Also with Gwen Wright Lou Gehrig Autograph Did Lou Gehrig autograph this ticket on the day he announced his retirement?
- Also with Gwen Wright John Adams Book Was this book a gift from John Adams to his son?
- Related Investigation Poison Pin Are these prototypes for poison suicide pins carried by spy plane pilots during the Cold War?
- Also in Vietnam Era: 1960-1980 Moon Museum Was work by major artists, including Andy Warhol, smuggled to the moon?
- Also in this episode Pete Gray Cartoon Do these unsigned drawings from the golden age of comics tell the tale of a real life superhero?
- Also in Season 5 32' Ford Roadster Was this car among the popular hot rods that raced out at the dry lakes in the 1930s?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.