In september 1776 British Admiral Lord Howe, in his 74 gun ship of the line, Eagle, was in New York Port to support the forces opposing George Washington as they advanced on the city. Suddenly the sailors spotted a small egg-shaped vessel lying nearby just under the waterline. From it came another, smaller object which floated toward the ship. Wisely they sheered off just as the object exploded,sending up a plume of water. The very first submarine launched torpedo had gone off and made history. Hardly a rip roaring success for its inventor, Yale graduate David Bushnell – but a foretaste of things to come, as Michael Gunton sets the scene for his fascinating account of those who fought in the submarine vessels of the 20th century.
258 pages HB