May 10

Today in Navy History-USS Triton

Thursday, May 10, 2018 12:52 PM


Insignia USS TRITON (SSR(N)-586)

Insignia USS Triton (SSR(N)-586)

On this day in 1960 – USS Triton (SSRN 586), commanded by Capt. Edward L. Beach, completes a submerged circumnavigation of the world in 84 days following many of the routes taken by Magellan.

To learn more about the voyage, please enjoy this article from the June 2010 Naval History by Carl LaVO.

  • canadian2011

    Please change your SHARE service. This one never works.

  • Marcd30319

    To be more accurate, the actual submerged circumnavigation took place between 24 February and 25 April 1960, using the St. Peter and Paul Rocks near the Equator in the Atlantic Ocean as the starting point and terminus for this. The 84 days cited here was the total duration of the actual shakedown cruise of the USS Triton.

    Guinness World Records has consistently mischaracterize the duration of Triton‘s submerged circumnavigation as being 84 days, but it is inexcusable for the USNI’s history blog to do so. The article by Carol LaVo cited here makes that distinction perfectly clear, and the Naval Institute Press re-prints Captain Beach’s 1962 account Around the World Submerged that includes an appendix that also makes this clear.

    It would be more accurate to note that the USS Triton concluded its shakedown cruise on this date, and during this cruise, the ship undertaken the first submerged circumnavigation that occurred between 24 February and 25 April 1960 for a total of 60 days at an average speed of 18 knots.

    I hope this entry is corrected.

  • Marcd30319

    The actual submerged circumnavigation took slightly over 60 days, occurring between 24 February and 25 April 1960 with the St. Peter and Paul Rocks as its starting point. Both Carl LaVo’s article and Captain Beach’s 1962 account make this very clear.

  • Marcd30319

    I am wondering why my comments are under moderation when I am attempting to clarify the basis facts of the blog posting?

  • All public comments made on the Naval History Blog are sent to a moderation queue for approval regardless of their content. This allows us better screen out spam, comments made with malicious intent, and those that go against our stated Comment Policy. This is not an automated process and sometimes it may be a day or so before we may review them all.

    We welcome comments and clarifications like yours and hope you continue contributing!

  • Marcd30319

    Thank you for your response. The policy make perfect sense. You may want to conclude this information either under About the Naval History Blog just to clarify the time delay to posters.

  • Marcd30319

    Still no correction about the actual length of the Triton circumnavigation being 60 days, not 84 days as posted. It is unfortunate and a real shame that a naval history blog gets verifiable, well-established historical facts wrong.