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By John J. Poluhowich

ISBN-10: 0890968942

ISBN-13: 9780890968949

From the encouraged fiction of Jules Verne to the darkish threat of the chilly struggle, submarines have captivated thousands for greater than a century. Many were credited for the discovery of the submarine, yet one major determine has been heavily neglected by means of either historians and the govt.. with out the efforts of Simon Lake, underwater navigation will be very various from what it really is at the present time. Argonaut: The Submarine Legacy of Simon Lake illustrates the effect of Lake's production and passion.

Simon Lake used to be the vintage American inventor, entire with a rival, John Holland, who reaped such a lot of history's compliment for submarine layout. despite the fact that, it used to be Lake who introduced his first operating submarine in 1894 on the age of twenty-seven within the rivers of his local New Jersey. In 1898, his metal vessel, the Argonaut, accomplished a thousand-mile trek up the Atlantic coast. He obtained accolades from his religious mentor, Jules Verne, for his efforts. regardless of the opportunity of govt contracts, Lake remained deepest, utilizing his invention to accumulate a fortune from underwater salvage.

Questionable governmental trials led to army contracts for submarines being provided to Lake's rival, the Holland Torpedo Boat corporation (later the electrical Boat Company), prompting Lake to construct submarines for Russia and Austria. the U.S. wouldn't request Lake's carrier till 1908 and wouldn't realize his contributions to underwater navigation until eventually after his demise in 1945. in spite of the fact that, there's little question that Lake's paintings helped give you the foundation for contemporary submarine layout and construction.

John J. Poluhowich has ready the main whole biography of Simon Lake, devoting chapters to Lake's early fascination with the belief of underwater navigation, his struggles with layout, and sadness within the executive. Argonaut presents Lake as an unsung hero invaluable of compliment and appreciation from the fashionable clinical community.

Argonaut is perfect for the overall reader, scholars of heritage and sea exploration, in addition to for a person encouraged through Lake's spirit of mind's eye and perseverance.

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