David Bushnell (Bush)

David Bushnell (Bush)

Birth
Westbrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Death 1824 (aged 81–82)
Warrenton, Warren County, Georgia, USA
Burial Warrenton, Warren County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 39963761 · View Source
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Revolutionary War patriot and inventor of "The American Turtle," the first known submarine.

David Bushnell (1742 - 1824) of Westbrook, Connecticut, was an American inventor during the Revolutionary War. He is credited with creating the first submarine ever used in combat, while studying at Yale University in 1775. He called it the Turtle because of its look in the water. His idea of using water as ballast for submerging and raising his submarine is still in use today, as is the screw propeller, which was first used in the Turtle.

While at Yale, he proved that gunpowder exploded under water. David Bushnell also made the first time bomb. With this, he also came up with mine barrage in 1777. He combined his ideas in an attempt to attack British ships which were blockading New York Harbor in the summer of 1776 by boring through their hulls and implanting time bombs, but failed every time due to a metal lining in the ships hull to protect against parasites in their previous station, the Caribbean. David Bushnell then created the Turtle. The Turtle eventually sank.

On June 8, 1781 he was promoted Captain of Sappers and Miners. Bushnell later traveled to France and then settled in Warrenton, Georgia where he taught at the Warrenton Academy and practiced medicine. He died in 1824, but before he died David was honored with a medal by George Washington. David Bushnell's Submarine Model is on display at the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Museum and Library in Groton, Connecticut.

Bushnell reportedly changed his name to Bush after his move to Georgia.

The grave appears to be unmarked.




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  • Created by: Ethan F. Bishop
  • Added: 27 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39963761
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Bushnell (Bush) (1742–1824), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39963761, citing Warrenton Cemetery, Warrenton, Warren County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Ethan F. Bishop (contributor 46863003) .