Origin of Famous Inventions and Inventors: Submarine

About the origin of the invention of the submarine, history of how inventor Cornelis J. Drebbel who built the first.

THE INVENTION: Submarine (1620 and onward)

THE INVENTORS: J. P. Holland, Ireland; David Bushnell, U.S.; Robert Fulton, U.S.; Cornelis J. Drebbel, Neth.

Drebbel, a Dutch inventor, is credited with building the 1st navigable submarine around 1620. It was a rowboat, carefully covered over with leather and operated by a dozen oarsmen whose oars reached the water through flexible leather closures. Drebbel figured out how to produce oxygen from saltpeter, possibly the 1st use of the gas, enabling the boat to remain underwater up to 15 hours.

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