Monday, September 6, 2010

This Week in History: 9/6/2010



World’s First Submarine Attack


On September 7, 1776, during the American Revolution, the American submarine, Turtle, attacked the British flagship, Eagle, in the New York Harbor. This was the first submarine to be used in combat. Submarines were invented in the 17th century by the Dutch inventor, Cornelius van Drebel, however, it took 150 years for submarines to be used in naval combat. David Bushnell, an American inventor who built underwater mines, built the Turtle, an eight-foot wooden submersible. The Turtle failed in destroying the Eagle, as it did not explode near enough to harm the flagship.
To learn more about the world’s first submarine attack, please visit This Day in History at History.com.

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