A piece of anti-nuke history sits in Fairhaven
Mikal 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.