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The American Turtle Submarine: The Best-Kept Secret of the American Revolutionby Arthur S. Lefkowitz
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Highly recommended to American History shelves and anyone who would want to learn more about this enigmatic figure of American History. -Midwest Book Review It is commonly believed that the submarine was first used in battle during the Civil War. However, America's 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 It is commonly believed that the submarine was first used in battle during the Civil War. However, America's 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 world's first submarine in a shed behind his house.Although there were no engines, electric motors, or steam engines at the time of the American Revolution, Bushnell responded to a desperate situation. Britain's navy, the most impressive in the world, was trying to capture New York Harbor and the colonists had virtually no 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.
The world's first submarine was used during the American Revolution. While other men his age supported the country with muskets, Yale graduate David Bushnell sought the answer to one important question: how to defend America against the British Royal Navy. His answer was the American Turtle. Focusing on the vessel's most important mission, sinking Britain's flagship in New York harbor, this concise history follows the development of the invention from drawing table to open water and onwards.
The world's first submarine was built and used during the American Revolution by a Yale graduate who was raised on a Connecticut farm. This is the true story of Bushnell's Turtle and its most famous exploit: the courageous attempt to sink the HMS Eagle, flagship of the British fleet, in New York Harbor. This submarine was as amazing a feat for the eighteenth century as space travel was for the twentieth century.
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