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Kittery in York County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Kittery Maine USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial

 
 
Portsmouth NH USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, August 1, 2016
1. Portsmouth NH USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial Marker
Inscription.  On 10 April, 1963, all 129 U.S. Navy sailors and civilian workers aboard the USS Thresher perished when the nuclear attack submarine sank more than 200 miles off the New England Coast. The Thresher was designed and build at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, and commissioned on 3 August 1961. The loss of the SSN 593 and her crew remains the worst submarine disaster in history, and resulted in establishing the "subsafe" program.

Forever on patrol, never to be forgotten
There are 129 names inscribed.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker memorial is listed in these topic lists: DisastersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Still On Patrol series list.
 
Location. 43° 6.065′ N, 70° 44.526′ W. Marker is in Kittery, Maine, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Rogers Road and Shepards Cove Road, on the right on Rogers Road. Marker is across the street from the Kittery Town Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kittery ME 03904, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kittery Maine War Memorial (about 400 feet away,

Portsmouth NH USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, August 1, 2016
2. Portsmouth NH USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial Marker
measured in a direct line); Historic Rice Public Library (approx. one mile away); Sloop Ranger Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); USMC Memorial Marker (approx. 1.2 miles away); Maine Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Province of Maine Marker (approx. 1.2 miles away); David Glasgow Farragut (approx. 1.3 miles away); Shipyard Mall (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kittery.
 
Portsmouth NH USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, August 1, 2016
3. Portsmouth NH USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial Marker
Kittery Maine USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, August 2, 2016
4. Kittery Maine USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial Marker
Flagpole across the street from the marker. The flagpole is 129 feet tall, one foot for each crew member that perished.
Kittery Maine USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, August 2, 2016
5. Kittery Maine USS Thresher (SSN 593) Memorial Marker
Flagpole marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2016, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2016, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida.   4, 5. submitted on August 5, 2016, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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