Nautilus captain and former congressman dies

Dec 2, 2000
Easley South Carolina

William Robert Anderson, leader of historic voyages under polar ice, was 85

LEESBURG, Va. - William Robert Anderson, captain of the USS Nautilus on its historic under-the-ice trips to the North Pole and a former U.S. congressman, has died. He was 85.

Anderson died Feb. 25 in Leesburg, Va., following a brief illness, his family said.

The Bakerville, Tenn., native graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1942 and took command of the Nautilus in 1957, when the submarine cruised to within 180 miles of the North Pole.
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Comment: As hard as it may be to grasp, the historic voyages of the USS Nautilus took place half a century ago. We've come a long way since then but todays nuclear sub fleet stands on the shoulders of some real pioneering giants.

Rest in Peace, Captain Anderson.

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