History Revisited: Twin submarine launchings are unforgettable events

25 Jun 2019

Throughout the years, among the most newsworthy events to occur in New England were the launchings, also referred to as christenings, of submarines at the Electric Boat Corporation.

A launching (or christening) ceremony is the formal custom for dedicating, naming and committing to sea a new ship. It is a means of bringing good luck to a new ship and all of those who sail on it.

The history of launching ceremonies can be traced back thousands of years and, in times past, they were more barbaric than they are today. For instance, the Vikings reportedly provided a human sacrifice during boat launches to win over the favors of the sea god.

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