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Bushnell's Submarine

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This is the true story of how Yankee tinkerer, David Bushnell, built the world's first submarine in an attempt to sink the flagship of the British fleet--the HMS Eagle!

This is both the story of how the world's first submarine was built and how it was employed in the Continental Army's desperate attempt to hold on to New York in 1776.

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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Scholastic Nonfiction
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Really cool account of a relatively unknown piece of history. I always thought the first submarine was created and used by the Confederate forces during the Civil War. I love the primary sources in here. Truly wonderful research!
It was almost funny how many times I turned to the Husband while reading this, exclaiming, "this book is so crazy!" And really what isn't crazy about a man in a tiny wooden pod, using hands and feet to essentially pedal underwater and sneak up on an enemy, at which point, still operating levers and examining instruments by GLOWING FUNGUS, the man hand drills a bit into the bottom of a ship. The bit is attached by rope to a keg of gunpowder, which is detonated by a clock. What could possibly go w ...more
Terri Floccare
I liked this book. It's written for children about a little known wonder of the American Revolution. The book tells about David Bushnell and the submarine he invented at his own expense. The book is technical enough to give a true sense of his invention without being overwhelming. It also introduces young reader to primary sources. Bushnell also invented underwater mines. He attempted to send " mines" down the Delaware River to Philadelphia. The event inspired the poem The Battle of the Kegs -- ...more
This was pretty awesome and was a fascinating story about the submarine.
This is an interesting little book on a topic that caught our attention while studying the American Revolution. My only reservation is with the accuracy of the material - I caught at least one possible inaccuracy. However, the author seems to have gotten the bigger details correct. He also includes many interesting sidebars that put Bushnell's invention in the greater context of the war and the times.
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