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Author Anderson, William R
Title Unknown Waters : A First-Hand Account of the Historic under-Ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651)
Imprint Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2008
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Edition 2nd ed
Descript 1 online resource (269 pages)
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Note Intro -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Foreword by Captain William R. Anderson, U.S. Navy (Ret.) -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Man Overboard! -- 2. Becoming a Submarine Officer -- 3. The Advent of the True Arctic Submarine -- 4. Construction and Commissioning of USS Queenfish (SSN-651) -- 5. The First Arctic Test of Queenfish: The Davis Strait Marginal Sea-Ice Operation -- 6. Prospective Commanding Officer Training for Submarine Command -- 7. Taking Command of Queenfish -- 8. Mission Underway: En Route to the Arctic at Last -- 9. A Brief on the Arctic Ocean and Siberian Continental Shelf -- 10. Through the Bering Strait and into the Chukchi Sea -- 11. First Surfacings in the Arctic Ocean: En Route to the Geographic North Pole -- 12. Exploring the Nansen Cordillera for Volcanic Activity -- 13. The Northeast Passage and the Development of the Northern Sea Route -- 14. To Severnaya Zemlya and the Beginning of the Shelf Survey -- 15. The East Coast of Severnaya Zemlya and the Vilkitsky Strait -- 16. Alteration of the Survey Plan in the Shallow Laptev Sea -- 17. Northward around the New Siberian Islands -- 18. The Even Shallower East Siberian Sea -- 19. Return to Survey the Northwestern Chukchi Sea -- 20. Nome and the Long Journey Home -- Epilogue -- Appendix -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index
Charting the Siberian continental shelf during the height of the Cold War This 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 the Queenfish had 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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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Anderson, William R. Unknown Waters : A First-Hand Account of the Historic under-Ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651) Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press,c2008 9780817316020
Subject McLaren, Alfred Scott.;Queenfish (Submarine);Continental shelf -- Arctic regions.;Continental shelf -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia.;Underwater exploration -- Arctic Ocean.;Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration -- American
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Alt Author McLaren, Alfred Scott
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