Historic submarine sail arrives at Richland park

By the Herald staffOctober 22, 2009 

The Port of Benton plans to encase in concrete the sail from a nuclear-powered submarine at 9 a.m. Friday at its new memorial park in north Richland.

The USS Triton submarine was decommissioned in Bremerton and the port obtained the sail obtained to recognize all the decommissioned reactor cores off-loaded at the port's barge slip, transported and stored at the Hanford site.

The sail is the large tower-like structure on top of a submarine. The 447-foot, 5,900-ton Triton submarine was commissioned in 1959. It was the first marine vessel to circumnavigate the world underwater following the course Ferdinand Magellan sailed in the 16th century.

To get to the park site, take Stevens Drive north to Battelle Boulevard, turn right and continue. Turn left at the stop light onto George Washington Way and right at Horn Rapids Road. Look for the big Lampson crane.

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