[Fort Trumbell], New London, Connecticut: 1945-1964. Unbound. This grouping consists of material belonging to E. F. King who worked at the U.S. Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory from World War II until the 1960s. It includes the last newspaper-magazine published by the BuShips Field Engineering Group in 1945, a tongue-in-cheek award certificate from 1945, an 8” x 10” photograph of a technician (possibly King) building a model submarine, twelve photographs of model submarines intended to be presented as awards or mementos, and seven photographs (four 8’ x 10” and three 5” x 3.5”) of Admiral Hyman Rickover at the Undersea Sound Laboratory. All of the items are in nice shape. The certificate has some light edge wear and storage folds. One of the small vernacular photos has a small marginal chip in the upper left corner that does not affect the image.
The Underwater Sound Laboratory (now the Naval Undersea Warfare Center) grew from sonar research offices established in conjunction with Harvard and Columbia University early in World War II which were merged in 1946.
The 8.5” x 11” saddle-stapled 1945 newsletter-magazine, In Between, was the last issue published by the Columbia office before the merger. It contains photographs of the key team members and a listing of others including E. F. King.
The 17” x 16” “blueprint” certificate was awarded to King in January, 1945 to recognize his “unparalleled contribution” of “Mechanistic Malfunctionisms.” Its center motif features two large bulls supporting a coat of arms showing a ball-peen hammer, cold chisel, and file. In the upper corners are satirical officer branch insignia showing farm pitchforks that could be used for tossing manure labeled “Pitchfork Cluster.” The certificate was ostensibly presented by the “A.S.B.E.” which probably stands for American Society of Bullshit Engineers.
The photographs of wood and metal model submarines include the USS Kingfish, USS Quillback, USS Remora, USS Sarda, and other unnamed boats. Most are undated and uncaptioned; one is number dated NP24 – 12249.28 28-6-54.
All of the Rickover photographs show the admiral in mufti. One shows him with laboratory staff in front of equipment. The remainder show him participating in various award ceremonies. Most are undated and uncaptioned; two are dated 1964.
Very good. Item #009003
Admiral Rickover immigrated into the United States as a child in 1906 along with his Polish-Jewish family from Przasnysz to avoid anti-Semitic Russian pogroms. He grew up in New York City and Chicago and secured a congressional appointment to the Naval Academy. After initially excelling as an engineering officer, Rickover transferred to the early submarine service although he continued to perform in a variety of command and engineering positions. He became an early proponent of nuclear marine propulsion, especially for submarines, and was instrumental in convincing the Navy to create a Nuclear Power Division in the early 1950s which he led, and for the next three decades was the director of the U.S. nuclear Navy. A nice grouping of photographs and documents from the earliest days of what has today become the Navy’s important research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support center for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, and offensive and defensive weapons systems associated with undersea warfare.