1957 ... Admiral Rickover descending!


... Admiral Hyman Rickover, father of the Nuclear Navy, teeters inside the reactor vessel for the 'USS Nautilus' during a LIFE photo-op.

 

1 comment:

Ralph Benton said...

Are you sure the reactor vessel was vertical? There are several pics of the prototype S1W (http://navalreactorshistorydb.info:8080/xtf/search?f1-subject=S1W;startDoc=1) which show it horizontal. Also, I count 23 or so rungs on the ladder, which would make the vessel at least 25 feet tall (since the cap isn't on in the picture). The boat was less than 30 feet in diameter, I believe.

Whatever he's doing, it's always a treat to see Rickover in action!