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SIMON LAKE - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED 08/26/1943 - HFSID 140304

SIMON LAKE The American inventor pens his name as well as a sentiment on this slip of paper Autograph Sentiment Signed: "Yours Sincerely/ Simon Lake/ Milford Conn/ Aug 26-43" 6½x4.

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SIMON LAKE The American inventor pens his name as well as a sentiment on this slip of paper Autograph Sentiment Signed: "Yours Sincerely/ Simon Lake/ Milford Conn/ Aug 26-43" 6½x4. 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. Paper loss along top edge. Two vertical folds. Toned, especially at center. Otherwise, fine condition.

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