Submarine Underwater Logs

1978 on board the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine USS James Monroe 622B, Nicholas was watching his fellow crew members labor under the tedious task of calculating the corrections for the ship’s under water log calibrations, Nicholas wrote a program for a faired-line curve calculation on a Tektronix Desktop Calculator. These calculations were done by hand, plotting out the numbers from the runs manually and then figuring out what the offset was and entering those into the underwater logs for correction.

    • Doing this task took about 4 hours to complete, but with Nicholas’ faired line curve program, it was reduced to just 2 minutes and with a higher degree of accuracy.

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