Simon Lake, born in 1866, was a mechanical engineer and naval architect. He was the inventor of even-keel type submarines and built Argonaut, in 1897, which was the first submarine to operate successfully in the open sea. He also invented submarine apparatus for locating and recovering sunken vessels and their cargoes, and a heavy-oil internal combustion engine for marine use. Lake died in 1945.
Collection consists of two letters sent by Simon Lake of Milford, Connecticut: one to Henry Woodhouse dated August 1, 1921, regarding the commercial possibilities of submarines; and one to the Editor of the Los Angeles Times dated November 6, 1934, regarding Lake’s contract for the recovery of HMS Hussar.
- Submarines (Ships)
- Hussar (Ship)
- Lake, Simon, 1866-1945