Al Gore is not going to like this photo. Not at all. It’s a 1958 shot of the U.S.S. Skate, the first submarine to surface at the North Pole. In case you missed the significance of that sentence, let us hammer it home.
It’s 1958. That’s the North Pole. There’s no ice. Gore and his global warming brethren have repeatedly told us that the ice has never been as thin in the arctic as it is today, but this photo tells another story. It’s pretty clear that in 1958 the arctic was…well…pretty clear.
Not only did the the Skate surface in virtually ice-free water at the North Pole, but the weather was mild enough that crewmen went out to chip a bit of ice off the sub’s hull.
The brilliant Anthony Watts has more photos at his website. He also offers this transcript from a 1958 newsreel:
1958 Newsreel: USS Skate, Nuclear Sub, Is First to Surface at North Pole
Ed Herlihy reporting:
USS Skate heads north on another epic cruise into the strange underseas realm first opened up by our nuclear submarines. Last year, the Skate and her sister-sub Nautilus both cruised under the Arctic ice to the Pole. Then, conditions were most favorable. The Skate’s job is to see if it can be done when the Arctic winter is at its worst, with high winds pushing the floes into motion and the ice as thick as twenty-five feet.
Ten times she is able to surface. Once, at the North Pole, where crewmen performed a mission of sentiment, scattering the ashes of polar explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins. In 1931, he was the first to attempt a submarine cruise to the Pole. Now, the Skate’s twelve-day three thousand mile voyage under the ice, shown in Defense Department films, demonstrates that missile-carrying nuclear subs could lurk under the Polar Ice Cap, safe from attack, to emerge at will, and fire off H-bomb missiles to any target on Earth.
It hasn’t been a good year for Gore. His Apple stock is down. His Google stock is down. And as far as the rest of the world is concerned, his personal stock is down.