TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREB Sen. Gore Te//s of Experiences On Test Run of Atomic Submarine EDITOR'S NOTE: Sen. Albert Gore (D-Tenn) wu one of 1Z member* of the Senate-lloune Committee on Atomic Energy who made an ill-nlfht cruise-Sunday airht .board the Nautilus, the world'« Hr.t atomic-powered .ubmarlne. He defcribei hit Impre.sloni in the following account written lor The Aiioctated Press. By SEN. ALBERT GORE WASHINGTON (AP) — How deep the Nautilus can dive is a secret. But there is no secret that 1 had nervous twinges as she plunged downward in excess of 300 feet. the Thaires River, ourselves in Navy How fast she will race through the dark, briny depths is also a secret. But it was the thrill of a lifetime to break all previous records in this respect as the. midnight hour approached. The fright, whjph I frankly admit, and the exhilaration, which 1 shall not forget, were only aspects of an enlightening, enjoyable, and Inspiring experience. The food that we ate was cooked by atomic power. The water that we drank was distilled from ocean water by atomic energy. The submarine was not only driven but lighted, heated and air-conditioned by atomic energy: In fact, all power for all purposes was exclusively nuclear in origin. We boarded the submarine about 2 p.m. at New London, Conn., and almost immediately the Nautilus started down We wrapped jackets to stay on deck until we reached open waters. Inspected Vesiel After a late lunch of sandwiches »nd coffee, the committee broke up into parties of two or three to inspect the vessel. Each of carefully placed upon the lapel of his coat instrumeni to test radioactivity. Upon entering the reactor room I noticed Se ; n. Pastore (D-RI) taking a quick glance at his gauge. Of course I am sure it was entirely out of curiosity. I looked at'mine, too, though I had even previously sneaked a glance. The gauge ranged from zero to 300. At no time did my gauge register more than two points. Sen. Anderson's (D-NM) gauge registered highest after the tour, standing at 1C points. One may easily absorb 200 points on a warm sunshiny day. Center of Interest The atomic reactor Was, ot course, the center at interest. We were mere inches from lethal, deathly radioactivity. Vet, we 1 could harmlessly place our hands upon this still, warm, but quiet source of enormous power. : could feel Its thrust upon the submarine's propeller, as if thousands and thousands of horses were racing and surging in unison. After the reactor, we visited other compartments. The living quarters of the crew are better, we were told, than ,on any other submarine. We saw the tower, the Request Denied- Firemen Quit WOLCOTT. VI. (If}— The 14 members of the Wolcott volunteer fire department have quit in a body and put their 1924 pumper on sal» fir $500. They explained they asked the town meeting for a t500 appropriation March 1 and got nothing. They notified the 766 townspeople that if they have a. fire they can telephone their alarm to Morrisville. seven miles west, or Hardwick, six miles cast. Watch That Dog OMAHA «P)—The woman told the police desk sergeant "there's a prowler in my back yard, my dogs here in the house are barking like crazy." The sergeant sujguested she might turn the dogs loose to deal with the situation. He drew the snappy reply "Oh. I couldn't let my babies get hurt!" control room, the torpedo compartment. Here, in turn, our par- ies stayed during a submergence and mock firing and loading of he torpedo tubes. Maneuvers Befan After about J 1 /; hours of thorouh and detailed Inspection, we returned to the central compartment to exchange views, josh eac* other about our nervousness, and ask more questions of Rear Adm. Hynan Q. Rickover, who Is entitled to more credit than any other person fqr the Nautilus. The ranking naval officers took their turns in presiding over three sittings at, the dinner table where were served delicious atomic-ally cooked turkey. After dinner the real shakedown maneuvers of the Nautilus began. Now that his guests had become thoroughly conditioned for it, as he thought, the captain ordered the Nautilus put through her paces The throttle was opened. The propeller surged .and we excitedly watched the dials as we went faster—down, down, d ./n, down. Then up; then down. Straight ahead, full power. The speedometer needle moved rapidly clockwise, receding only as the Nautilus took sharp banks and turns. Straight ahead again through the deep, and again the speedometer moved clockwise until we were told that we were racing under water at a record-breaking speed. Then, up again: then, down again: up again; down again. The crew intensely watched all Instruments, tested all valves, watched the performance of every delicate gadget. As for the members Congress, we sat tensely watching the depth gauge with one eye and the speedometer with the other At the nadir-of a deep dive, Sen Anderson, chairman of the Joint Atomic Energy Committee, called a meeting. We gathered around a table large enough to accommodate all 12 of us plus the clerk. Corbin C. Allardlce. At first, it was difficult to get committee business under way because members were still watching the gauges. Sen. Anderson called Adm. Rick- over before us to ask him about the operation, the performance, the cost and the promise of the Nautilus. The replies of Adm. Rickover soon broke the tensions and for about two hours there was an enlightening and penetrating discussion of this man-made phe- lomenon. Sen. Knowland IR - Califj re- narked at one poir' that this would undoubtedly be "the deepest hinklng" congressional committee meeting that had ever been held. And I .suggested that this might be a good place to dump the Dixon- Yates contract, along with his copy of the Yalta report. . After we had been submerged 'or hours, I asked Adm. Rickover how many days the Nautilus could proceed under water at full speed "Indefinitely," he answered. ''Long enough to go the distance around the world and the answer would still be •indefinite.' " The significance of this may be measured by the fact that an orthodox submarine can travel full speed under water for only about in hour. LEADS REVIVAL — The Rev. Marvin Niblack, pastor of Stcele, Mo. Methodist Church will conduct revival services March 27- April 1 at Lake Street Methodist Church. Services will begin each evening at 7:30, the Rev. iMtchell Sanford, pastor has announced. Ships Meals Result in Big Brawl BOSTON </l'i—A ship's cook was jailed and a crewman was hospitalized today as a result of what police said was a furious shipboard battle over the merits of eight straight days of frankfurts and beans. TJie cook. James P. Copeland, 29, of New York, was charged with assault with intent u> murder. John Chatman, also 29, .suffered a knife wound on his body. He was reported in fair condition at a hospital. Police Sgt. John Ward said the men not involved m battle aboard the American Export Line's SS Exchequer when Chatumn went to the galley to complain that he was tired of eating frankfurts and beans every day for eight days. Ink Is Not For the Birds PORT MADISON. Iowa <fl — A woman wrote an ink manufacturer to ask whether her two pet para- keets will suffer 111 effects because they drink It* ink from the nib of her fountain pen. "They even lap it out of the bottle if I leave the top off," she wrote. 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