Who invented the 1st submarine and what was it called

    +1  Views: 1956 Answers: 5 Posted: 11 years ago
    Tags: ships boats

    5 Answers

    Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) made sketches of a submarine and William Bourne, a British mathematician, drew plans for a submarine in 1578. But it was only in 1620 that Cornelius van Drebbel, a Dutch inventor, managed to build a submarine.

    The first submarine used for military purposes was built in 1776 by David Bushnell (1742-1824) of the US. His "Turtle" was a one-man, wooden submarine powered by hand-turned propellers. It was used during the American Revolution against British warships.


    When it came to wartime machines, Leonardo DaVinci often seemed to look at both sides of the coin. He would invent offensive equipment and then he would design defensive equipment just in case the enemy had similar ideas to him. A good example of this is in the double-hulled and semi-submersible (sometimes termed Leonardo's submarine) boat designs.

    The 'submarine' was simply a shell with room enough for one person to sit inside. It was topped with a conning tower which had a lid and pre-dated the true submarine by over one hundred years. Leonardo was to describe it as a "ship to sink another ship."

    Leonardo considered that the best way to defend against underwater attack by ships similar in design to his 'submarine' was to have double-hulled boats. This would not only solve the problem of ramming, but also that of divers interfering with the vessel. By this time he had already devised a method by which divers could separate the planks of ships.

    He considered how lost ships could be recovered, and designed air-filled tanks which divers could attach to the hulls of a sunken ships in an attempt to re-float them. And once your ship is once more on the surface you need to remove the excess water. Leonardo then designed a machine which would extract the water and then dry the holds of ships.

    His designs included a one-man battleship, and in considering ships for wartime use Leonardo realised the importance of making guns easier to load and fire. This same drawing displays two remote-control guns with rapid-firing mechanisms.

    I need to start getting paid for this. For crying out loud, Survivor is on!

    John Hunley, and the submarine was called the Hunley. It was built during the civil war.


    Hunley Sub was built in 1861 but Hunley wasn't the INVENTOR of the Submarine nor the first to NAME ONE.


    I stand corrected, But I think the question was what was the name, not who named one.

    You know what they say about those submariners........A hundred men go down.....fifty couples come up.

    I thought the first submarine was a one man unit called the turtle...


    Click on the link I posted above and see. :)

    Top contributors in Uncategorized category

    Answers: 18064 / Questions: 154
    Karma: 1101K
    Answers: 47271 / Questions: 115
    Karma: 953K
    country bumpkin
    Answers: 11323 / Questions: 160
    Karma: 838K
    Answers: 2393 / Questions: 30
    Karma: 760K
    > Top contributors chart

    Unanswered Questions

    fox nuts makhana
    Answers: 0 Views: 22 Rating: 0
    ask me how to use the narrative?
    Answers: 0 Views: 32 Rating: 0
    > More questions...