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Lake, Simon

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Born: 1866 AD
Died: 1945 AD, at 78 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Architects, Inventor, Naval Officer

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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.

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