Effect of Confederate shot on the USS Galena, 1862

Mystic-built USS Galena Part of Plan to Strengthen Union Navy

February 14, 2017

This 950-ton, steam-propelled gunboat took fire from critics and Confederates during the Civil War. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gideon Welles, Groton, War and Defense

Mamie Eisenhower launches the USS Nautilus

The Launch of the USS Nautilus – Today in History: January 21

January 21, 2017

On January 21, 1954, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower launched the world’s first nuclear submarine at the Electric Boat Division of General... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Groton, Invention and Technology, Postwar United States, War and Defense

State Street and Old Ferry Landing, New London

New London’s Ferries: A Transportation Tradition

December 16, 2016

For more than three centuries, ferry service has provided vital transportation to residents and businesses around New London. …[more]

Categories: Groton, New London, Transportation

Fort Griswold, 1781

Fort Griswold Attacked – Today in History: September 6

September 6, 2016

On September 6, 1781, British forces overtook Fort Griswold and, in an infamous move that would be recalled throughout the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Benedict Arnold, Groton, New London, Revolutionary War, War and Defense

Launching of the Nautilus

Launching of the USS Nautilus 1954

August 3, 2016

The USS Nautilus demonstrates Connecticut’s continuing maritime traditions and dedication to our national defense.  In July of 1951, Congress authorized... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Groton, Imagining Connecticut, Postwar United States, Transportation, War and Defense

USS Nautilus

USS Nautilus Passes Under North Pole – Today in History: August 3

August 3, 2016

On August 3, 1958, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) made history by becoming the first ship to pass underneath the North... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Groton, Invention and Technology, War and Defense

Henry Davis

Cleopatra’s Needle and Groton’s Captain Davis – Who Knew?

July 20, 2016

…that Cleopatra’s Needle, the Egyptian obelisk erected in Central Park across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, arrived safely from... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Groton, Invention and Technology, Who Knew?

Mystic River Bridge

Mystic River Bridge Opens – Today in History: July 19

July 19, 2016

On July 19, 1922, the Mystic River Bridge spanning the Mystic River in Groton opened to the public. The bridge... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Groton, Transportation

USS George Washington (SSBN 589)

USS George Washington Launched – Today in History: June 9

June 9, 2016

On June 9, 1959, the first nuclear-powered, ballistic-missile submarine, the USS George Washington (SSBN 598), was launched at Groton. The... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Groton, War and Defense

USS Tullibee

USS Tullibee – Today in History: April 27

April 27, 2016

On April 27, 1960, the USS Tullibee, the first atomic submarine to use turbo-electric propulsion, was launched. The Tullibee was... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Groton, Invention and Technology, War and Defense

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