National Geographic : 1977 Jan
The wild blue down yonder awaits a Polaris submarine (above), knifing through broad Hood Canal on a training mis sion. The waterway's ample depth and easy access to the Strait of Juan de Fuca led to the selection of Bangor, on the canal, as home for the U. S. Navy's Trident fleet, designed to replace the Polaris subs. A group of citizens recently sued to block construction of the base, fearing the impact that a large installation would have on the rural area, popular as a vacation and retirement retreat. The Navy employs 10,500 workers at its huge Bremerton shipyard, where a cake-cutting ceremony aboard the destroyer McKean (left) signals a change of command. LOWELLGEORGIA Rare gift of winter, a snowfall dusts Seattle rooftops (left). The city owes its gentle clime to the moderating effects of maritime air from the west and mountain ranges to the east. In the coldest month January-temperatures average 400 F.