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Nordenfelt's Submarine Boat
The Engineer
vol. 61, 12 February 1886, p. 130

Accession No.2717


An abstract of Thorsten Nordenfelt'd lecture on the Nordenfelt submarine read at the United Service Institution on the 5th of February 1886. In which Nordenfelt maintained that previous submarines had failed - (1) because they were small and weak; (2) they tried to act by actual contact with the enemy's ship's bottom, which was very dangerous and difficult, especially if the ship was pitching at all; (3) black powder was used, which is an unsuitable explosive for the work; (4) propulsion was effected by hand power, which taxed the crew too severely; (5) the means of ascending and descending were untrustworthy.

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