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Open Edition Canvas Giclée Print Image size: 18"x12" The USS Nautilus SSN-571 entering New York Harbor in 1956. The USS Nautilus (SSN-571) was the world's first nuclear powered submarine. It was launched on January 21, 1954 and represented a revolution in submarine technology. In August 1958 The Nautilus became the first vessel to traverse the North Pole by sea, passing under the Arctic ice cap.