Today in History: Submarines

Submarine ("Submarine Vessel, Submarine Bombs and Mode of Attack") for the United States government. Submarine vessel, longitudinal section
Today in History–April 11–the Library of Congress features submarines. Although submarines were used as early as the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy acquired its first submarine on this day in 1900.  Find out about the first submarine to sink a battleship and more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access related primary sources.

Submarine primary source set

Featured Image: Detail of Submarine Section

Bushnell’s American turtle one-man submarine

More submarine images

Submarine books

Topics in Chronicling America – Submarines (1864-1918)

Historical newspaper coverage of submarines

Submarine legislation

Submarines: The Silent Service (oral histories from the Veterans History Project)

More submarine veterans oral histories

We Were Pirates: A Torpedoman’s Pacific War (recorded Library presentation Aug. 10, 2010) [ RealAudio ]  [ Podcast <35MB> ]

Never Forgotten, the Search for Israel’s Lost Submarine Dakar (streaming webcast)

Today in History: The U.S. Naval Academy & the Navy primary source collections