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In 1721, A Russian Carpenter Built The World’s First Military Submarine

Yes, this barrel-shaped wooden vessel was capable of staying underwater. So amazing!

Mark Andrew





If you thought submarines are inventions of modern origin, then you might want to think again. As it appears, plans for a submersible boat dated back as early as 1578.

History tells us about William Bourne, an Englishman who created one of the first concepts of underwater boats. In 1620, his drawn concept was realized by Dutch builder Cornelius Drebbel.

The submarine was made from wood, had oars for propellers, and was, amazingly, capable of staying underwater for several hours. It had attached tubes that made it possible for air to circulate the surface to the crew below.

Rumors tell us that during the Drebbel submarine’s demonstration of River Thames, the wooden vessel was able to stay underwater for the space of three hours. The event was witnessed by thousands of locals in London.

Constantijn Huygens, a Dutch poet and composer, was one of those who personally witnessed the demonstration. In his own words, the “bold invention” can be extremely useful for warfare because it can attack and sink enemy ships.

It would, however, take another 100 years before the first submarine was created for military purposes.

In 1718, Russian carpenter Yefim Nikonov wrote to Peter the Great saying he can create a “secret vessel” for him.


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In 1718, Russian carpenter Yefim Nikonov sent a letter to Peter the Great telling him that he could create a “secret vessel” that could travel underwater, destroying cannon-equipped enemy ships in the process. Nikonov was invited to Saint Petersburg and was given the permission to begin construction.

After 3 years, Nikonov was able to finish the first model. Peter the Great was so impressed, he encouraged Nikonov to create a full-sized version.


He finished the model in 3 years later and demonstrated its features and capabilities. Peter the Great was so satisfied that me immediately asked Nikonov to build a full-sized version of the underwater battleship.

However, problems plagued Nikonov’s submarine with all three demonstrations resulting to failure.


Nikonov’s submarine was made from wood and had a shape similar to a barrel. It was equipped with “fire tubes,” a weapon similar to modern flamethrowers. It also came with special airlocks so aquanauts can come out of the vessel and destroy the bilge of enemy ships.

Unfortunately, however, the submarine’s first trial in 1724 was a tragedy. The vessel sank while Nikonov and four other crew members were inside. Thankfully, they managed to escape what could have been certain death for them.

A replica of Nikonon’s submarine now stands at Sestroretsk, near St Petersburg, on Neva River


Peter did not give up on Nikonov and continued to fund the project. Nikonov continued his efforts to enhance the design but each one came with new concerns. The second and third tests in 1725 and 1727 ended in failure as well. Nikonov was later charged with abuse of public funds and was kicked out from his job.

It was already in 1775 when the submarine was successfully utilized in battle.

In 1775, American inventor David Bushnell came up with his own version of the submarine. It was an egg-shaped vessel named the Turtle.


Built by American inventor David Bushnell, the Turtle was a hand-powered device that can accommodate a single person. It had a shape similar to an egg and it was fully capable of underwater movement.

The Turtle was utilized during the American Revolutionary War with Sgt Ezra Lee as its operator.


In the American Revolutionary War, the Turtle, Sgt. Ezra Lee operated the Turtle and tried to attack British warship HMS Eagle. He, however, failed it his mission since the British discovered his presence and he was forced to abandon the vessel.

Today, replicas of the Turtle can be seen displayed at various American museums and in the Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport, England.


These 1,800-Year-Old Bullets Reveal the Brutal Roman Attack on an Ancient Scottish Fort

Archaeologists discovered huge numbers of bullets and missile weapons in the area. Talk about a vulgar display of power!

Mark Andrew



Around 1,800 years ago, a small hilltop fort located in southwest Scotland was brutally attacked by Roman soldiers. The defenders were terribly outnumbered and, as archaeological evidence tells us, they were greatly overpowered since the Roman Empire used massive firepower.

Modern researchers attest that a large number of sling bullets and different missile weapons were discovered in the area of Burnswark Hill. Many of them believe that the assault was intended to instill fear and boast their military strength.

In fact, excavations in the region of Dumfries at Burnswark Hill reveal the biggest number of lead sling bullets found by the researchers.

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How A Drunk Guy Became The Sole Survivor Of A Devastating Volcanic Eruption

How a drunk troublemaker survived a deadly volcanic eruption that wiped out an entire island, killing about 40,000 people.

Mark Andrew



Born 1875 on the Caribbean island of Martinique, Ludger Sylbaris worked as a laborer in the town of Saint-Pierre. In fact, he has become notorious for always making trouble and he has been convicted for it.

On the night of May 7, 1902, he went out of town to get some drink. He ended up causing a riot and then eventually beating a man. This incident led to him being thrown to a solitary confinement. To teach Sylbaris a lesson, the police locked him in a single, partially-underground cell. It didn’t even have a single window, aside from the small slit in the door.

Being imprisoned in this tiny space, however, later saved his life.

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These Five Brave Men Stood Under A Falling Nuclear Bomb – And Waited For Its Explosion!

Would you dare stand underneath a falling bomb? These five men did!

Mark Andrew



If you were asked to stand underneath a falling nuclear bomb, would you do it?

Many of us would naturally assume that no one would be brave – or stupid – enough to say yes but apparently, five men did agree to such a scary scenario. In fact, the entire group, except for one, volunteered to participate.

It happened at the Nevada Test Site way back July 19, 1957.

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