Simon Lake, Submarine Inventor, Two Signatures, Torpedo Boat Company Stock
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Simon Lake, Submarine Inventor, Two Signatures, Torpedo Boat Company Stock:
This item is a wonderful, original pair of signatures by Simon Lake, one a partial letter fragment and the other an address return , also included is an original stock certificate from the Lake Torpedo Company, unsigned...All in overall fine shape.
Simon Lake (September 4, 1866 - June 23, 1945) was a Quaker American mechanical engineer and naval architect who obtained over two hundred patents for advances in naval design and competed with John Philip Holland to build the first submarines for the United States Navy.
He built his first submarine, Argonaut Junior, in 1894 in response to an 1893 request from the Navy for a submarine torpedo boat. Neither Argonaut nor Lake's following submarine, Protector, built in 1901, were accepted by the Navy. Protector was the first submarine to have diving planes mounted forward of the conning tower and a flat keel. Four diving planes allowed Protector to maintain depth without changing ballast levels. Protector also had a lock-out chamber for divers to leave the submarine. Lake, lacking Holland's financial backing, was unable to continue building submarines in the United States. He sold Protector to Imperial Russia in 1904 and spent the next seven years in Europe designing submarines for the Austro-Hungarian Navy, the Kaiserliche Marine, and Imperial Russian Navy .
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