The first submarine ever


WORLD'S FIRST SUBMARINE
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What was the world's first submarine?

William Bourne and Leonardo da Vinci draw plans for the first submarine in 1578. This was the first submarine design to ever be drafted. Nothing came of the plans but in 1620, Cornelius van Drebbel managed to build the first real submarine. The Dutch inventor used a wooden rowboat and tightly wrapped waterproof leather around it. To provide oxygen to the submarine, he also attached air tubes with floats on them that would bring oxygen down from the surface of the water. He placed oars through the hull in leather gaskets that would be used as engines. He put the submarine in the Thames River for its debut swim along with twelve men to help man the first submarine. The vessel stayed completely submerged in water for three hours.

The first submarine that was built to be used by the military was built during the American Revolution in 1776 by David Bushnell. It was named the “The Turtle” and was also built from wood. It was a one-man submarine and had hand-turned propellers. The Turtle would swim up to British ships and attach explosives to them. Although The Turtle worked well as a submarine, the explosives were quite ineffective.

The first true submarines were built in the 1890s by enemy inventors, John P. Holland and Simon Lake. These machines were the first to use petrol or steam engines when they were bobbing along the surface of water and electric motors where relied on when they were submerged underwater. These two inventors also created torpedoes that were sent through the water by small electric motors. Today, these are still some of the most lethal weapons to be used by the military.



The first submarine ever

The first submarine ever

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