Posted 26 August 2011 - 10:37 PM
I've been sorting through my photos and came across this MOC I did a while back. While it's been posted at Classic Castle and MOC pages I don't think I ever posted it here so here it is... (not sure if it should be posted here or in the history forum but as it is a boat and dates from the 1600's I thought it fitted better here)
The world's first working submarine was built in 1620 by Cornelis Jacobszoon Drebbel, a Dutch inventor and alchemist working in England for James I. My vessel is based on descriptions of this early submarine which supposedly made underwater journeys up and down the Thames. It's propelled by oars and air is supplied via hoses attached to a float (it's also been suggested that as an alchemist he'd also discovered a way to purify the air using a simple chemical reaction). Inside the boat, and attached to holes in the bottom of the hull, are rows of "animal skin bladders" which are allowed to fill with water to make the boat sink. To surface, the water is squeezed out using wooden levers. (In the last photo you can see the bottom right lever in the down position). The boat is steered using the oars and the crew would navigate by compass. The original boat was built for the Royal Navy but the idea was scrapped when Drebbel was unable to develop a weapon to go with it!!
On the surface
Interior (think I could have come up with a better idea for the air bladders!!)
Thanks for looking (and apologies to those who've seen it before)
Comments are always welcome
Posted 26 August 2011 - 11:17 PM
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 11:31 PM
Keep on singing 'We all live in a yellow submarine' !
Posted 29 August 2011 - 08:57 AM
it is nice to see the details you put in to it, the air bladders and the light inside.
Dusmy photos (flickr)
My photos BoBS < and story!!
Plays as pirate captain Rodsh Derr, member of the Sea Rats fraction in BoBS
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