Archive for the Submarines (Pre-1900) Category

U.S.S. Alligator

Posted in Submarines (Pre-1900) on March 31, 2009 by secondmdus

The Alligator was an early Civil War submarine built by a Frenchman – this site has a short history of the submarine and some nice images of the inventor’s hand drawn plans.


An Infernal Machine

Posted in Submarines (Pre-1900) on March 12, 2009 by secondmdus

While the C.S.S. Hunley is famous for being the first submarine to sink a ship in combat, but in 1861 another Confederate submarine, built in Richmond, was in the news.  Recent research by historian Mark Ragan, has found evidence proving the subs construction, but its fate remains unknown.

Ironclads and American Monitors in Peru’s Navy

Posted in Armored Devices, Ships, Submarines (Pre-1900) on March 11, 2009 by secondmdus

Came across this while looking up ironclads – turns out two American Monitors were sold to Peru after the Civil War.

This site also has articles on:

Peruvian built ironclads:

A surviving Ericson monitor – the Huascar:

Peru’s first submarine:

and many other details of the history of Peru’s Navy,

A Wooden Submarine in New Hampshire!

Posted in Submarines (Pre-1900) on October 16, 2008 by secondmdus

“The tale of (Thomas) Buckley’s submarine at Hampton Beach years ago, sparked the interest of The Beachcomber this week with images of Jules Verne scenario right here in New Hampshire. …”

A steam powered fish: the Ictíneo

Posted in Submarines (Pre-1900) on October 15, 2008 by secondmdus

“Few Victorian inventions have the grace and charm of the Ictíneo, the series of two wooden submarines built by Narcís Monturiol i Estarrol in the second half of the nineteenth century. Unlike some of the better known early submarines from his contemporaries in Germany, France and the United States, the Catalan inventor managed to build submarines that operated flawlessly.”

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Kroehl’s Sub Marine Explorer (1860s)

Posted in Submarines (Pre-1900) on October 1, 2008 by secondmdus

Here are some current pictures of the Sub Marine Explorer mentioned in a previous post – pretty amazing that a wreck of a Civil War period submarine is to be found off Panama –

Singer’s Secret Service Corps: Causing Chaos During the Civil War

Posted in Munitions, Ships, Submarines (Pre-1900) on September 29, 2008 by secondmdus

Here is a link to a great article from Mark Ragan about Singers Secret Service Corps –