"The sea is everything."

black and white photograph showing the USS Nautilus with New York City in the background

On this date in 1957 — 52 years ago — the USS Nautilus reached 60,000 nautical miles traveled, equaling its namesake from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for endurance. The real-life Nautilus was the very first nuclear-powered submarine.

The ship is now docked in Groton, Connecticut, and is a National Historical Landmark and museum.