The New York Times, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1957
Newport, R.I., September 26, President Eisenhower took his first dive in an atomic-powered submarine today. The submarine SEAWOLF, with the President aboard dived sixty feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic. It stayed under for fifteen minutes, five miles southwest of Brenton's Reef, off Newport. General Eisenhower is the third President to make a dive in a submarine. The first was Theodore Roosevelt, the second Harry S. Truman. The President supported a submarine tie clasp and a Honorary Atomic Submariner membership card issued in the names of Davy Jones and Neptunus Rex when he ended his one-hour-fifty-minute voyage aboard the newest of the Navy's underwater boats. The submarine was waiting for him in Narragansett Bay when he completed his morning round of golf in a foursome that included Henry Ford II, president of the Ford Motor Company. The President drove to Fort Adams, then boarded the Barbara Anne, his ninety-two-foot cabin cruiser for a short trip to a position alongside SEAWOLF. The President transferred to the surfaced submarine where he was greeted by its skipper, Comdr. Richard B. Lanning and Rear Admiral Frederick B. Warder, the new submarine force commander of the Atlantic Fleet. Admiral Warder commanded an earlier SEAWOLF which was lost in the Pacific during the war with Japan. General Eisenhower stood on deck for a few minutes as the submarine got underway for the harbor entrance and the open sea. Then he went below to have lunch with the crew. He was greeted in the crew's mess by a rendition of "The Eyes of Texas" on an electric organ played by an electrician, Thomas Russell 3rd of Old Saybrook, Conn. Young Russell explained he knew the Texas song and knew the President was a native of Texas but did not know the music of "Hail to the Chief," the traditional musical salute to the President. The President was briefed about controlled radiation exposure aboard nuclear-powered submarines. He received a film patch to wear and a tiny dosimeter to read. The medical officer, Lieut. Comdr. John E. Ebersole of Sterling, Ill., explained to the President that submariners in the new type craft get an average radiation dosage of about 200 milliroentgens a year, compared with an allowable industrial dose of about 300 a week. As he left the boat, the President jokingly told Admiral Warder to check on his film patch and "let me know if I had to much radiation." "I assure you, you won't have ," the Admiral said. After lunch, the President made an inspection and sat behind the instrument panel as the vessel dived after the klaxon had given the signal. While the boat was submerged the President looked through the periscope and spotted the escorting destroyer USS BARRY. Through his naval aide, Capt. E. P. Aurand, he transmitted an underwater message: "Thank you for your escort." He was especially interested in the reactor room and its six stainless steel units through whose tubes flowed the energy that drove the ship noiselessly through the water. "I see you're really in the power business," he commented. Before the cruise ended, the President addressed the officers and men on the intercommunications system. "I suppose you know this is the first time I've been aboard an atomic reactor submarine," the President said. "Everything was of interest to me--all of the gadgets and the machines. "But more interesting to me was to see the United States Navy at work. I'M proud of every man aboard ship. It's a memorable experience. I hope to see you all again. Thank you all for making this trip so pleasant." James C. Hagerty, the press secretary, checked with the President and found he had been on submarines twice before, when he was stationed in Panama after World War I.