American Turtle Was the First War Submarine

The war submarine American Turtle was built by American inventor David Bushnell of Saybrook, CT, USA in 1776. The vessel accommodated one operator, had a 24-inch (61 centimeter) two-bladed wooden screw propeller, operated by hand enabling it to travel forward or in reverse at 3 knots while a crank operated the rudder aft. On September 7, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War, Ezra Lee used the craft to attach a torpedo time bomb to the hull of the British flagship, the 64-gun H.M.S. Eagle, in New York Harbor. An explosion resulted, without damage as the bomb drifted away from the ship.

      September 7, 1776
      David Bushnell
      Saybrook, CT, USA

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