ADMIRAL HYMAN G. RICKOVER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/07/1964 - HFSID 262752
Sale Price $765.00
HYMAN G. RICKOVER
Rickover signed this typed letter while at sea on USS Henry Clay letterhead to Congressman William H. Natcher after the cruiser's sea trials in 1964. With original mailing envelope.
Typed letter signed "H.G. Rickover". 3 pages, 8½x11, on letterhead of USS Henry Clay c/o Fleet Post Office, New York City. Written "At Sea/North Atlantic", Jan. 7, 1964. Addressed to the Honorable William H. Natcher, U. S. House of Representatives. Lightly toned and creased. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope from USS Henry Clay stationery. Postmarked Newport News, Virginia, Jan. 8, 1964. Addressed to the Honorable William H. Natcher, U. S. House of Representatives. With one 5¢ stamp affixed. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Discolored along top and right edges and on verso. Envelope was opened neatly on verso. Tape residue and paper loss on verso (no show-through). Otherwise in fine condition. This letter was written after the first sea trials of the USS Henry Clay, the U. S. Navy's 17th ballistic missile nuclear submarine in a total sub fleet (at that time) of 35. Rickover discusses the USS Henry Clay's mission and goes into detail about its namesake, Kentuckian Congressman, Senator and Secretary of State Henry Clay. The USS Henry Clay, also designated SSBN-625, was a Lafayette-class guided missile cruiser. Her keel was laid on Oct. 23, 1961, and she was commissioned on Feb. 20, 1964. She was decommissioned on Nov. 11, 1990. Head of the United States Navy's electrical division in World War II, HYMAN G. RICKOVER (1900-1986, born in Makov, Russia) moved to the Atomic Energy Commission in 1947 and developed the first nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus, in 1954. He presided over the build-up of the U.S. nuclear-powered Navy. He also presided over the construction of the one-of a kind, super-secret NR-1 nuclear submarine. Despite cost overruns during its development, which earned the wrath of the General Accounting Office, the NR-1 fulfilled Rickover's fondest hopes. The story of the craft has now been told in Dark Waters: An Insider's Account of the NR-1, the Cold War's Undercover Nuclear Submarine by Don Davis and original crewmember Lee Vyborny (2002). Rickover was promoted to rear admiral in 1953, vice-admiral in 1959 and admiral in 1973. Democrat WILLIAM H. NATCHER (1909-1994, born in Bowling Green, Kentucky) represented Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1953 to his death. From 1993 to 1994, Morgan was the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations.
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