U.S.S. NAUTILUS (submarine)

Also known as: NAUTILUS, S.S. (N)571
Naval Submarine Base, Groton, Connecticut


Nautilus 1

Photo taken by Chester Gehman in October 2018



Street View 


The brainchild of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the USS NAUTILUS was the world's first nuclear propelled submarine. Her propulsion system is a landmark in the history of naval engineering and submersible craft. NAUTILUS' nuclear plant enabled the boat to remain submerged for weeks, even months. NAUTILUS demonstrated her capabilities in 1958 when she sailed beneath the Arctic icepack to the North Pole, to broadcast the famous message "NAUTILUS 90 North." See: www.ussnautilus.org/ussnautilus/history.htm. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 20, 1982

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 16, 1979
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Nuclear submarine
Areas of significance
Military; Engineering; Transportation; Invention
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Naval facility; Water-related
Current functions
Naval facility; Water-related
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1975-2000
Significant years
1954; 1955; 1958

Update Log 

  • January 30, 2019: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • September 20, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett