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435: U.S. Navy, 1898, Lithograph

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U.S. Navy, 1898, Lithograph Lithograph print titled United States Navy, 1898. Published 1898 by C. A. Musselman, 1215 Filbert St., Philadelphia. The newest ships appear in the foreground and progress to the oldest in the far background. A vignette, upper left contains a portrait of the "Maine" and states "Destroyed by Explosion, February 15th, 1898". It was determined that this was caused by a submersed mine explosion by a committee in April of 1898, so this broadside could be said to be a show of might to bolster support for an attack on Spanish held Cuba. Of special note, appearing in the very most foreground appears a tiny image of the submarine 'Holland". Though there were many submarines built before, including the Revolutionary War sub "Turtle", "Holland" is credited as the first viable U. S. Navy submarine. Presented in a reproduction walnut frame. Image: 26" H x 40" W Frame: 29 1/4" H x 43 1/4" W Weight: 11lbs Condition: Fold marks, 2" tight tear in the margin into the bottom tip of letter "A" in STATES and turning into the letter "T" where it terminates, also two small tears along the bottom of the bottom margin, two 1/4" areas of discoloration and extremely minor foxing *************THE HOLLAND (SS-01) SUBMARINE BOAT In the presence of a few persons the Holland submarine torpedo boat was launched at the Crescent shipyards, Elizabeth, N. J., the other day. The vessel was christened "The Holland " by Mrs. Nixon, wife of Lieutenant Lewis Nixon, the constructor. Inventor Holland says there will not be any attempt at submarine evolutions for several weeks. The boat is cylindrical in shape, fifty feet three inches long, with a four foot screw-protecting extension. The diameter is ten feet three inches amidships and the molded diameter is the same. The boat can travel under water eight knots an hour for eight hours and ten knots on the surface. The power comes from a gasoline engine and a dynamo, the former to be used when the boat is sailing along the surface and the latter when she is submerged. It will take less than a minute to submerge the boat and about the same length of time for her to rise to the surface. Six men will constitute the crew. The armament consists of three torpedo tubes, one at the upper bow of the boat being an aerial torpedo thrower, with a range of one mile. Six projectiles weighing 180 pounds each, with charges of 100 pounds of explosives, are to be stored for this gun. Almost directly beneath the torpedo thrower is an explosive tube for Whitehead torpedoes. Only three of these torpedoes will be carried, as each one weighs 850 pounds. At the stern of the boat is a submarine gun, which, with a 100-pound charge of explosive, can hurl a 400-pound projectile 100 yards or more through the water. Five of these projectiles will be carried. Mr. Holland was asked by the United States, British and Spanish governments to allow a representative on board during the trial trip of the boat, but he refused the request. After a trial trip he says he will allow an engineer from each government to see the workings of the boat, which it is believed will revolutionize warfare. Several foreign nations have bid for the vessel, but it is likely that Mr. Holland will sell it to the United States.

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