BUSHNELL’S SUBMARINE by Arthur S. Lefkowitz

BUSHNELL’S SUBMARINE

The Best Kept Secret of the American Revolution
Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

On the evening of September 6, 1776, the American Turtle was towed into New York harbor by two whaleboats. Its target: the HMS Eagle. This strange-looking underwater machine was made of brass, with glass portholes on all sides and two brass tubes pointing out. With a novelist’s flair for the dramatic and a historian’s passion for detail, Lefkowitz tells the tale of Yankee tinkerer David Bushnell and his journey from research in the Yale College library to his creation of the world’s first submarine. Though the American Turtle never succeeded in its mission—the CSS H.L. Hunley, during the Civil War, was the first submarine to sink an enemy ship—it’s a fascinating tale of perseverance and inventive genius. Maps, sidebars and excellent diagrams support the lively text. An excellent companion to Sally M. Walker’s Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mystery of the H.L. Hunley (2005). (postscript, acknowledgments, art credits, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-439-74352-4
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2006




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