The Nautilus, photo BoatingLocal/Tom Richardson. A Niantic native, Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Amdur, became the officer in charge of the first nuclear-powered submarine in a ceremony Tuesday [May 14].

Amdur said he saw the Historic Ship Nautilus (SSN 571) all the time growing up, and more recently when he went to work on the North Dakota, which is under construction at Electric Boat and soon will be the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered submarine. He said he is “in awe” of the Nautilus and all it has done.

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