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A long time ago, 50 years to be precise.

Fifty years ago, yesterday, The Good Ship USS Thresher SSN-593 was lost with all hands.

The following is copied from the NECN website.

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — A bell has tolled 129 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, once for each of the men who died aboard the USS Thresher submarine 50 years ago.

Hundreds of workers at the shipyard in Kittery, Maine, gathered Wednesday morning for a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the tragedy.

The submarine began its final mission from the shipyard on the morning of of April 10, 1963. It was approximately 200 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, conducting sea trials.

The Thresher sank toward the ocean floor after losing power, until it imploded below crush depth into thousands of pieces.

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They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

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