What is the name of the first submarine?
That would be the U.S.S Holland. Actually that was the first
U.S. commissioned naval submarine. The first actual submarine was
the Turtle (invented by David Bushnell) used in the American
revolution against the Brittish HMS Eagle. In 1620, a Dutchman
named Cornelius Drebbel (who was working for England's James I)
built a submarine that was designed by William Bourne, the Brittish
mathematician. Only some general plans remain, but their
authenticity is not questioned. This undersea boat predates the
Holland and Turtle. A link is provided to the Wikipedia article on
the history of submarines. Our friends there post knowledge for
The first real sub to use a propeller and in war time was the TURTLE. Built by David Bushnell in 1776, and piloted by Sgt. Lee of the Continental Army.