Harrison T. Loeser was an engineer with Electric Boat who headed the team developing the Submarine Test and Research Vehicle (STAR I), a mini-submarine developed by General Dynamics/Electric Boat in the mid 1960s. STAR I was a test vehicle designed to prove out the control system which allowed for complete maneuverability of a deep-diving vessel. Electric Boat’s deep submergence program was formed after the loss of the submarine Thresher in 1963 for the purpose of developing deep-diving vessels with salvage and rescue capabilities.
These papers relate to the STAR I mini-submarine, which is in the collection of the Independence Seaport Museum. Materials include General Dynamics/Electric Boat publications and promotional materials; papers and reports on the research and development of deep diving submarines; a mimeograph of Loeser’s development plan, 1963; a journal kept by Loeser during a trip to Bermuda to test the vehicle; drafts and photographs for the paper “STAR I Design and Operation” presented at the meeting of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 1965; correspondence related to the AIAA conference; photographs of STAR I operations; newspaper clippings about STAR I; and a history of the project by Loeser entitled “The Little Submarine Story.” The collection also includes a chronology of the project with a bibliography created by the staff of the Independence Seaport Museum.
- Submarine rescue vehicles
- Oceanographic submersibles