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- DescriptionIt is commonly believed that the submarine was first used in battle during the Civil War. However, Americas best-kept secret during the Revolutionary War was bobbing above the surface in New York Harbor the night of September 6, 1776. The craft was a dream of Yankee tinkerer David Bushnell, a recent Yale graduate in his mid-thirties who had studied math and science. He built the worlds first submarine in a shed behind his house. Although there were engines, electric motors, or steam engines at the time of the American Revolution, Bushnell responded to a desperate situation. Britains navy, the most impressive in the world, was trying to capture New York Harbor and the colonists had virtually sea power at all. The resulting Turtle, named for its appearance, moved at three miles an hour, held only thirty minutes of air while underwater, and was complicated to operate. This inventive genius can be ranked with the likes Benjamin Franklin, Eli Whitney, and Robert Fulton.
- Author BiographyArthur S. Lefkowitz serves on the Board of Governors of the American Revolution Round Table and is a lecturer for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities on the subject of the American Revolution. He lives in central New Jersey.
- Author(s)Arthur S. Lefkowitz
- PublisherPelican Publishing Co
- Date of Publication06/02/2012
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationGretna, LA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPelican Publishing Co
- Content Note19 illus. & 2 maps
- Weight272 g
- Width140 mm
- Height190 mm
- Spine20 mm
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