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Submarine Torpedo Boat, By John P. Holland, February 18, 1875


Submarine Torpedo Boat, By John P. Holland, February 18, 1875, Ink on paper 15" x 20 1/4"; Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance; Record Group 156; National Archives.

In 1875 Irish American John P. Holland sent the U.S. Navy this design for an experimental 15 1/2-foot long torpedo boat. Designed to operate underwater, the submarine required 1/10 horse power and could be managed by one man. Although this design was rejected, Holland continued to improve his invention and on October 12, 1900, the U.S. Navy commissioned the first true submarine, the 64-foot USS Holland.
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