A Model Influencing the Cold War
Being Restored by Chief Meadows
USS Ethan Allen (SSBN-
Ethan Allen's keel was laid down by the Electric Boat Corporation of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 22 November 1960, sponsored by Mrs. Robert H. Hopkins, great-
Ethan Allen (Navy hull design SCB-
The Mission to Restore
Ethan Allen Is Accepted
(Early Summer 2018)
This year at the Hog Roast in the Swamp, our Northern Brothers of the Phin, presented the After Battery with a large scale (nearly 7’) model of SSBN 608. We much appreciate it as a great Submarine item to display in the After Battery.
Over the years, probably since the very early 1960s, this model has led a varied life and we decided to offer it a yard period, as it likely never has had one. Shipmate Don Meadows does this kind of stuff for models as a hobby and volunteered to provide the needed services. His note on the subject and pictures are below.
Please note that while Don is volunteering his services, there will be significant expenses associated with materiel for his effort – expected to take around 6 months and $1,500.
A jar has been placed on the bar at the After Battery to accept donations expressly for the Ethan Allen scale model yard period. If you feel motivated to help with the cost, please contribute
Before President Kennedy approved operation "Frigate Bird," he wanted to be sure he understood exactly what the launching sub looked like.
This model was built to show him the lead ship of the new ETHAN ALLEN class of SSBN.
Operation "Frigate Bird," would be the worlds first and only launching of a fully armed nuclear-
The launch went off as planned. The warhead detonated over the Pacific with a force 15 times greater than the weapon used on Hiroshima. Kennedy approved the operation.
What happened to this model is really unknown. It appears that for security reasons at the time large portions of the interior were removed.
Now that the class is no longer in commission and the technology is declassified, I can rebuild the interior to what it should have looked like. However, I can still only do the unclassified version of the Engineering spaces.
Even the Nautilus Engineering Spaces are still classified. The exterior will be detailed and repainted as it would have appeared in the 1960s. This model is almost 7 feet long!! This will be a fun project for SUBVETS and all who served on the nations SSBNs.
– Chief D. Clayton Meadows
Author: “Ice and Steel” and “Epitaph”