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The American Turtle

January 10, 2012

In 1775, American inventor and Yale grad, David Bushnell created the first American combat submarine.  Using ideas that are still in use today, the American Turtle was designed to combat the British strong hold on New York harbor during the revolutionary war.  Called the Turtle because of its appearance in the water, its function was to plant explosives in the hull of the nearby HMS gunners.  Unfortunately, the Turtle didn’t have a very successful track record and couldn’t manage to bring down any of its intended targets.  Instead, the Turtle’s fate was met at the hands of the British when they sank her transport ship as it tried to flee the harbor.  A model of the Turtle can be seen at the U.S.N. Museum in Washington D.C.


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