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Lake, Simon

Born: 1866 AD
Died: 1945 AD

1866 – Born on September 4th in Pleasantville, New Jersey. American inventor who built the “Argonaut,” the first submarine to operate extensively in the open sea.

1883 – He established a foundry and machine shop near their home town.

1890 – Married to Margaret Vogel.

1893 – When the U.S. Navy announced a submarine design competition, he quickly resolved to put his burgeoning mechanical skills to work in this new field.

1894 – Lake’s first experimental submarine, the “Argonaut, Jr.,” built, had a wooden hull and was about 14 feet (4 metres) long.

1945 – Died on June 23rd in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1964-1999 – His memory was honored by the U.S. Navy in commissioning the submarine tender USS Simon Lake (AS-33), which subsequently served the Submarine Force for 35 years until her decommissioning.