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Edward L. Beach, Captain, USN (Ret.), is the best-selling author of Run Silent, Run Deep and a dozen other books about the Navy. His book Around the World Submerged describes his record-breaking 1960 circumnavigation of the globe in the USS Triton.
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  • Series: Bluejacket Books
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557502153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557502155
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,995,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a work to bring feelings of nostalgia to any former sailor. Especially a former submarine sailor such as myself. I recognized old shipmates in the antics of the crew of mostly very young men on the Triton. The operational, mechanical and navigational problems faced during the voyage of the Triton are similar to and will be recognized by any experienced submarine sailor. The technical information in the book is very "lite", but it reflects the era of restricted data in which this book was authored. Ned Beach is a wonderful narrator. His other books of fiction and non-fiction are outstanding. This book is no exception.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cecil Elliott, Jr. on January 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Around the World Submerged: The Voyage of the Triton, is an accurate, first hand account of the Around the World shakedown cruise of the USS Triton. The book was written by the only man who could tell the story, her Captain! At the time, the USS Triton was the longest nuclear submarine in the United States Navy. At 447.5 feet in length, the Triton was only submarine to be equipped with two nuclear reactors. Due to improved reactor design, today's submarine require the use of only one nuclear reactor. In today's Navy, the longest submarines in the fleet, are the Ohio-Class Trident Missile Submarines. Each sub is 560 feet in length.
The man telling the story of the Triton's Around the World Cruise, is Captain Edward L. Beach. Captain Beach was the author of Run Silent, Run Deep and Dust of the Sea. Before assuming command of the Triton, Captain Beach was the Naval Aide to President Dwight Eisenhower.
In the book, Captain Beach describes his training in Nuclear Power and the familiarization of the Nuclear Reactor Design that would power the Triton. He tells about the encounters with Admiral Hyman Rickover. Captain Beach was a 'Plank Owner" of the Triton. He was the first commanding officer. The shakedown cruise would take the Triton and her crew, Around the World. They were retracing the course taken by Magellan. They would make the cruise, totally submerged and hopefully, undetected. A nuclear submarine can make its own heat, air, water, steam and electricity needed for ship operations and for crew comfort. During the cruise, Captain Beach describes the day to day routine onboard the Triton. He describes what the watchstanders were required to complete and what the crew done during their off-duty hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Byron Schluter on February 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
I first read this book in jr. high school (1970) and loved it yet didn't finish it. Years later I tried to find a copy to check out or possibly purchase and none were availible as the book was no longer in print. I even contacted the author to see if he had any copies availible with no luck. To my great suprise a recent search online revealed that this book had been rereleased in paperback. The day it arrived I started reading it and could not put it down (I finished it in 4 days). Admiral Beach did a great job of taking the reader along on this history making journey. The reader feels the excitement of the first dive, the incredible acceleration of the nuclerar powered engines, the worry over failing navigation equipment and a fellow seaman who becomes very ill. Then when they complete their record and history making journey you feel the pride of their accomplishment and a sense of pride in what the human spirit can accomplish even under extreamely challenging conditions.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the water, ships and true stories of adventure and triumph.
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Being X Navy and having worked on the outsides of subs at Holy Lock Scotland I had great interest in this book. I also read the late Captain Beach's Cold Is The Sea, and Dust On The Sea both 5 stars. I have purchased his Submarine and Run Silent Run Deep Books but still have to read them. The Run Silent Run Deep movie starring Clark Gable was 5 stars.

The late retired Captain Edward Beach wrote a great book Around The World Submerged. We see him getting command of the Triton SSRN 586, the largest sub at that time with two nuclear reactors. The sub was so huge as not to be a nautical term "boat" but a ship. Captain Beach had been a WW2 submariner with medals of heroism. Plus a Navy aid to President Eisenhower and Captain of an oiler ship.Lots of experience.

We see the Navy giving him and Triton's crew a "top secret" mission. They are to take Triton around the world submerged. Magellan was the first to circumnavigate the world and a cast plaque is made to give Spain of both the achievements.

We see the problems of some faulty equipment( some serious) and how the problems were resolved as well as a major hydraulic leak repaired. A crewman gets the Navy Commendation ribbon for his quick thinking. The crew get a Presidential Unit Citation given by the secretary of the Navy and Beach gets the Legion of Merit medal.

This was going during the height of the cold war when a US U2 plane was shot down. Eisenhower is delighted when Captain Beach gives him a letter from the completed mission. The President laughs as the letter is covered with toilet paper because of drying ship made slow drying ink. Beach forgot to take of the toilet paper.
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