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Publication numberUS702729 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 17, 1902
Filing dateOct 5, 1900
Priority dateOct 5, 1900
Publication numberUS 702729 A, US 702729A, US-A-702729, US702729 A, US702729A
InventorsJohn P Holland
Original AssigneeElectric Boat Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Submarine boat.
US 702729 A
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Patented lune l7, I902.



(Application filed Oct. 5, 1900.)

'(No Model.



SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 702,729, dated June 1'7, 1902. Application filed October 5, 1900. Serial No. 32.11:]- (No model.)

T0 at whom it mcry conccrn:

Be it known that I, J OHN P. HOLLAND, a

citizen of the United States, residing at Newark, in the county of Essex and State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and usef ul Improvements in Submarine Boats or Vessels, of which the following is a specificationl This invention relates to the class of submarine boats or vessels which are designed to operate both on the surface of the water and under the water and which are normally intended for use in war against the vessels of an enemy;

A most essential requisite for a boat oper ating on the surface of the water is that positive buoyancywith a very safe margin be always preserved intact, because'lacking buoyancy the boat sinks and is lost. The buoyancy of aboat depends on its specific gravitythat is, on the weight of its total volume or bulk in comparison with an equal volume of the water of flotation. If the weight included in the volume of the boat be greater than that of an equal volume of water, the boat will. If it be lighter, the boat:

sink in the water. will float, and the margin of safety against sinking depends upon how much lighter is the boats volume than an equal volume of the Water of flotation.

A boat designed to navigate under the surface of the water must be capable of fulfilling certain conditions that are not required in those intended to operate only on the surface, and these new conditions are essential for a submarine boat intended for war purposes. It must have unchangeable weight while running light on the surface of the water and also while diving, and it must have a fixed center of gravity while in each condition. The submarine boat or war vessel will ordinarily, like other vessels, move on the surface of the water, and it will be submerged only while making an attack or while concealing its presence or movements. As it mayencounter enemies unexpectedly while at the surface, it is essential that it be capable of diving quickly in order to escape their attack-that is, it must have the power of going rapidly from the light to the awash or diving condition-and it must also be capable of coming to the surface for observation and ofdisappearing beneath the surface quickly or rapidly. This submerging is accomplished by admitting water into waterballast tanks in the boat until the buoyancy is reduced to about one five-hundredth of its displacement. The boat being in motion, this reserve buoyancy is overcome'by the horizontal or diving rudders, and it is then steered under water. T The use of reserve buoyancy is to cause the boat-to rise to the surface unaided in case of a disabling accident to the propelling machinery. It is important that the water-ballast tanks be completely filled before the boat is submerged,-because if they be not filled when the boat is submerged owing to their being of too great capacity or for any other.reason the water will run to their lower ends when the boat heels slightly from the horizontal plane in steering downward' or in maneuvering,'thus changing the position of the center of gravity of the boat and its contents. Should this heeling occur when the boat is running forward and when the direction of heeling is downward ahead, the boat islikelyl either to run against the bottom' and be wrecked or if the water happens to be deep enough to run to a depth sufficient to cause collapse, owing to excessive hydrostatic pressure. Should the direc- "tion offheeling'be downward astern while theboat is running ahead, there is serlous risk that the boat may rise to the surface before its operator gains control, and thus expose itself to destruction by its enemies.

It is equally important that just enough water be admitted quickly or rapidly to reduce the margin of buoyancy to about one fivehundredfh of the'displacement. It is not practicable to do this by the exercise of the operators judgment alone,except very slowly and in still water, in order that he may be ableto estimate andcorrect' the"margin of emersedvolume,'which should be equal to the reserve buoyancy." 'Itwould be quite impracticable to perform this operation properly in a seaway or while enemies were rap idly approaching on the surface. It is therefore essential that the water-ballast chamcertain definite weight of water, thus rendering it impossible that a dangerous weight be taken on board through error or accident. Lacking this arrangement the risk would be incurred of being unable to dive quickly at the critical moment, and thus expose the boat to destruction by its enemies, or of running to so great a depth that it would be crushed by excessive hydrostatic pressure. To accomplish this object, the emersed volume of the boat while floating light on the surface of the water must be maintained unchangeable, and it must be equal to the volume of the water-ballast tanks plus a volume equal to the volume of the reserve buoyancy.

In the accompanying drawings, Which will serve to illustrate the invention, Figure 1 is a longitudinal section of a submarine boat embodying myinvention, and Fig. 2 is a crosssection of the same.

a designates the body or hull of the boat, which is provided with the usual conningtower or turret b, propeller c, rudders d for horizontal steering, and rudders c for diving.

f designates the motors.

g designates the accumulators.

h is the expulsion-tube, and w the waterballast tank or tanks. The ballast-receptacle is ordinarily a single tank partitioned for strength and rigidity into a number of cells or chambers; but this feature is not essential to my present invention, which consists in providing a submarine boat or vessel with a water-ballast chamber or receptacle having a fixed capacity of such volume as to contain just enough of the water of flotation to put the boat in diving condition when said receptacle is completely filled or, in other words, to contain enough water to submerge the emersed portion less the portion reserved for buoyancy. The tank or tanks 20 may be filled by means of Kingston valves '0, operated in any way known in the art, and the contained air may be allowed to escape at an air-cock at the highest part of the tank. In the figure the line 00 indicates the water-level when the boat is in condition for surface running with the ballast receptacle or tanks empty, the part above this line being called the emersed portion, and the line y indicates the waterlevel when the boat is in diving condition.

Having thus described my invention, I claim- In a submarine boat, the combination with water-ballast means having a fixed capacity to contain just suificient water to overcome the normally em erscd portion of the boat, less the reserve buoyancy, of the means for propelling and steering the boat, whereby the boat may be made to dive, to run while submerged, and return to the surface without varying the amount of water-ballast.

In witness whereof I have hereunto signed my name, this 20th day of September, 1000, in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.




Cooperative ClassificationB63G8/22