Discovery: Julius Kroehl's "Sub Marine Explorer"

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  1. JosephT
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    Great story about the first submarine to dive and resurface on its own. It was discovered several years ago by a fisherman in Panama, and later confirmed by Jim Delgado (director of Vancouver Maritime Museum) to be Kroehl's "Sub Marine Explorer". He used it to find pearls in the oyster beds.

    Sadly he passed away a few years later in Panama from "the bends" (decompression sickness).

    Building your own submarine can be dangerous and this story reinforces that point.

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    http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/early-submarine-discovery-the-secret-of-the-pearl-islands-a-412287.html
     
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    Hmmmm.... not by a long shot. Someone needs to check their history. Fulton's NAUTILUS of 1800 is well documented and there are even supposed examples before that such as Cornelis Drebbel's vessel.
     
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