The arrival of the first trident-armed submarine at Port Bangor in Washington state last August (1982) provoked a sizeable protest from anti-nuclear demonstrators.
GV USS Michigan on its way to Port Bangor, Washington.
GV Coast guard inspecting fishing vessel.
GV Boat moored and people on bridge in Port Townsend. (2 SHOTS)
GV USS Michigan.
GVs Parked cars, and drivers watching submarine. (2 SHOTS)
SV Conning tower of submarine.
CU People making favourable comments on submarine. (SOT) (2 SHOTS)
SV Protester speaking. (SOT)
GVs Submarine heading for Bangor.
TRANSCRIPT: MALE SPECTATOR: (SEQ 7) "Wonderful, it's just great."
WOMAN SPECTATOR: "Love it, I think it's just great. More power to them."
PROTESTER: (SEQ 8) "The greatest message that could have been made was on the initial arrival of it, and now I think th protest has to go on in other ways."
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Background: The arrival of the first trident-armed submarine at Port Bangor in Washington state last August (1982) provoked a sizeable protest from anti-nuclear demonstrators. By contrast, only a few fishing boats were on hand as the newest addition to the United States underwater fleet, USS Michigan, steamed through the passage near Seattle on March 17. The Coast Guard checked the boats out for demonstrators, nut there were none. In Port Townsend, only a few people bothered to look for the Michigan as it sailed past, however, the submarine did stop the traffic on the Hood Canal bridge with the span closed while it passed underneath. There was mixed reaction from spectators as the imposing black conning tower came into view. Some people described the Michigan as "great" saying "more power to them". Others were unhappy about the second trident-submarine built on the North West coast and its nuclear capabilities. One man said the protests should go on in other ways. In keeping with the low-key arrival, there was no welcome for USS Michigan, with the submarine base at Bangor closed to the public and media.