SIMON LAKE - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED 05/09/1931 - HFSID 165881
SIMON LAKE The American inventor who developed the early submarine signed a sentiment on this card in May 1931 Autograph Sentiment Signed: "Milford Conn/ May 9, 1931/ Yours Sincerely/ Simon Lake" 3¾x2¼.
Sale Price $270.00
SIMON LAKE The American inventor who developed the early submarine signed a sentiment on this card in May 1931 Autograph Sentiment Signed: "Milford Conn/ May 9, 1931/ Yours Sincerely/ Simon Lake" 3¾x2¼. Inspired by Jules Verne's, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Simon Lake (1866-1945) designed a submarine and submitted plans to the U.S. Navy in 1892. In 1894 he built his first experimental submarine, Argonaut Junior, which was successfully demonstrated at Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Its success led to the formation of the Lake Submarine Company of New Jersey, which built the Argonaut 1 in 1898. It was the first submarine to operate successfully in the open sea. The Argonaut 1 and Argonaut 2 was followed by the Protector, a surprisingly modern torpedo boat design that was adopted by the U.S. Navy during WWI. Lake, who supplied over 100 submarines for the war effort, also helped to design a practical periscope and invented submarine apparatus for recovering sunken vessels and their cargoes. The versatile Lake founded many companies to implement his engineering visions. Industrial Submarine Corporation (1930) was one of these. During WWII, he served as a consultant for the United States Navy on the salvaging of boats and the future of submarines. ¾-inch wide slight shading at right margin does not touch signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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