Item #1431 Robert Fulton and the Submarine. Wm. Barclay Parsons.
Robert Fulton and the Submarine
Robert Fulton and the Submarine
Robert Fulton and the Submarine
Robert Fulton Invents the Practical Submarine

Robert Fulton and the Submarine

New York: Columbia University Press, 1922. First printing. Black and white plates. Original cloth over boards. Octavo. xiv, 154 pages. Bound in maroon cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board. A few slight extremity rubs, mild browning to endpapers. Fine overall.

An account of Robert Fulton's pioneering work on submarines, based on a manuscript and drawings he had done for the British government. This manuscript, which had been recently rediscovered at the time of this publication, and whose record was published here for the first time, shows that "Fulton was unquestionably the first one to design a practical vessel capable of submerging and rising at will, that could keep at sea for an extended period of time with a large crew, and that could be propelled either on or beneath the surface, or that could lie safely at anchor under either condition."

Robert Fulton may be best known for developing the steamboat, but this is an excellent record of his work on submarines, which cannot be overlooked.


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