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What was the first submarine used in 1776 called?

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January 19, 2011 11:51AM

The Turtle or American Turtle, designed by David Bushnell, was the first submarine in history and was designed to attach explosive devices to the hulls of British ships during the American Revolution. All such attempts failed, and it was not until the American Civil War when the viability of using submarines as a weapon was proven. The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was the first combat submarine to successfully sink an enemy ship.