Century Collection: USS Nautilus
Signed by her First Commanding Officer Eugene Wilkinson
On January 17, 1955, Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson signaled this historic message from the USS Nautilus: “Underway on nuclear power.” The world’s first nuclear submarine, Nautilus would become the world’s most famous submarine, setting many endurance records for submerged operations (she could stay underwater for weeks at a time) and, in 1958, navigating under the North Pole. Hand-signed by Wilkinson, her first commanding officer, this black-and-white photograph is matted and framed in wood under glass. Certificate of authenticity included.