We went under, through, or over the North Pole. One of the crewmembers suggested that we circle the Pole a couple of times and then we'll be able to say that we had circled the world a few times one day in August of 1958. It was a great idea, but no one was prepared to mess with the Inertial Guidance System so we hold to a straight course.
The fear of tinkering with the Inertial Guidance System was the same reason we didn't attempt to surface at the North Pole. We really wanted to, but didn't dare.
The crossing was anti-climatic. We didn't hit any bumps, crash through walls or break through any barriers. The Inertial Guidance System readout that was indicating North was now indicating South.
The ice above us has been running eight to eighty feet thick. The water temperature is 32.4 degrees Fahrenheit. There's a little over two miles of water beneath our keel.
Once we came out from under the icepack we radioed the atomic submarine Skate (SS578) that the Inertial Guidance system worked perfectly. Skate then submerged under the icepack and surfaced at the North Pole, after crashing through several feet of ice.
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