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SIMON LAKE - CHECK DOUBLE SIGNED 04/09/1932 - HFSID 287841

SIMON LAKE $16 check, made out by him to one of his companies and signed as executor Check signed: "Simon Lake Ex", 6½x2¾. Milford, Connecticut, 1932 April 9.

Sale Price $360.00

Reg. $400.00

Condition: fine condition
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SIMON LAKE $16 check, made out by him to one of his companies and signed as executor Check signed: "Simon Lake Ex", 6½x2¾. Milford, Connecticut, 1932 April 9. Un-numbered check filled out and signed by Lake, drawn on The Milford Trust Company and payable to Industrial Submarine Corp. for $16.00. Marked on verso in his hand "For deposit". 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. "Ex" following his signature signifies "executor." Bank cancellation perforations affecting "Simon" of signature. Ink slightly smudged. Otherwise, fine condition.  

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