23 August 2007

Intelligent Whale

I'm really not sure who named the Intelligent Whale - that's certainly a strange name for a submarine, especially one owned (however briefly) by the US Navy. The boat was designed by one Scovel S Merriam, and was built in the 1860s in Newark, New Jersey. An operational test was conducted by Brigadier General Thomas William Sweeney, who donned a diving suit, locked out, and planted a charge under a scow before returning on board. The charge was successfully detonated, and the scow sunk.

She's currently on display at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, New Jersey.

H/T to Eric at The Sub Report.

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