And the Premier Question for this one - again, regarding never-before-encountered Sub Secrets - is: why on earth would diving depth be dependent on the reactor type? The deeper you go, the colder the water would (almost always) be, making reactor cooling only that much easier - as also would the increased pressure (making the heat-exchange that much more efficient). I can't for the life of me figure out why any reactor type would limit diving/operating depth. Can you enlighten here?
Also, once again: WHERE do you find out these things. I have been known to be extremely observant - have vacuumed up many a tidbit seen here and there - but never saw/heard tell of any of these things, either in books or on-line. Is there some website(s) I may not know about?
Interesting also about the resurrection of the post-Cold War Sierras - I had seen all those pics of rusting hulks, and never would have expected that.
Oh, and the (innacurate) model. I'd say your post was an excellent way to make it interesting. I have long observed that the more you know about something, the more fascinating it becomes - certainly true in this case.
Again, Thank You for a most interesting post, buddy!