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A piece of anti-nuke history sits in Fairhaven

20120204-081737.jpgMikal Jakabul writes about the Golden Rule, a boat used in a 1950’s protest against nuclear arms testing. The vessel now sits in a boathouse on the shores of Humboldt Bay where repairs are underway to make it seaworthy once again?

In the late ’50s, the Cold War was rapidly gaining steam as the U.S. and Soviets tested ever more terrifying and destructive atomic weapons. The United States conducted above-ground bomb blasts in a remote part of the Nevada desert and in the Eniwetok Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands in the western Pacific. In March of 1958, four men set sail from California for Eniwetok in a 30-foot ketch named Golden Rule. Their intention was to sail into the proving grounds to stop a series of scheduled U.S. atomic tests called “Hardtack” and to raise global awareness of the dangers of nuclear fallout.

More at Jakubal’s Civilized Disobedience blog.

  1. Anonymous
    February 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Why didn’t they make it? Or did they really try? A publicity stunt maybe?

    Who owns the boat now?

  2. Anonymous
    February 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    This was easy to find, but innuendo is so much more fun!!


    The mission of the Golden Rule Project of Veterans for Peace (VFP) is to repair, restore and renovate the famous sailing ketch, the Golden Rule. This little ship was sailed by four brave crewmen, led by Albert Bigelow, in an attempt to stop atmospheric nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. They were boarded by the US Coast Guard, arrested, and the boat towed back to Honolulu, twice.

    Veterans For Peace, together with friends of the Golden Rule, will once again sail this vessel in opposition to militarism and the manufacture, testing, and use of nuclear weapons. Over a period of years, we plan for the Golden Rule to take its message of peace far and wide – on all three coasts, as well as the Great Lakes and inland waterways.

  3. Ponder z
    February 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    So you wont be sailing to NKorea or Iran? Whats the point then?

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