Home » Social Issues » What Happened on September 7th – World’s First Submarine Attack

What Happened on September 7th – World’s First Submarine Attack

IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE

On September 7, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, the American submersible craft Turtle attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe’s flagship Eagle in New York Harbor. It was the first use of a submarine in warfare.

HMS Eagle and Submarine Turtle HMS Eagle and Submarine Turtle

Submarines were first built by Dutch inventor Cornelius van Drebel in the early 17th century, but it was not until 150 years later that they were first used in naval combat.

Cornelius Drebbel. Cornelius Drebbel.

David Bushnell, an American inventor, began building underwater mines while a student at Yale University. Deciding that a submarine would be the best means of delivering his mines in warfare, he built an eight-foot-long wooden submersible that was christened the Turtle for its shape. Large enough to accommodate one operator, the submarine was entirely hand-powered. Lead ballast kept the craft balanced.

Bushnell's Turtle Bushnell’s Turtle

Donated to the Patriot cause after…

View original post 230 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow Blog of Things: on WordPress.com
%d bloggers like this: