Sunday, January 01, 2006

1905: Future of Submarines


February, 1905

The explosion which, as related in the Herald, took place on board a British submarine, the A5, while lying in Queenstown harbor on Thursday, February 16, and which resulted in the instant death of four men and the wounding of several others, has, like the well-remembered disaster to the A1 (which was run down off the Isle of Wight last year), aroused considerable discussion among naval men concerning this kind of craft.

The submarine, says the "Daily Telegraph," is a new craft, whose ways have to be learnt, and until the lesson has been completely mastered, no certain immunity from accident can be hoped for.

Science is continually discovering new engines of destruction, which turn and rend their inventors or users if, for one incautious moment, they relax their vigilance or are not sufficiently alert to guard against dangers but half-suspected or understood.

The construction of a submarine differs in almost every detail from that of an ordinary boat. As has been remarked by the British naval correspondent of the Herald, the accident of the A1 demonstrated that a very moderate blow on the conning tower is sufficient to disable and sink one of these vessels when submerged.



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