Bridgeport’s Lake Submarines

Inventor Simon Lake believed that the undersea world contained a vast wealth of natural treasures that were waiting to be tapped.

Besides the obvious riches of fish, Lake saw a world on which a great abundance of oil could be tapped from the sea as well.

Lake was always a dreamer, and he came from a family of inventors. His grandfather invented a seed planting machine, his father invented a window shade roller and his cousin invented a telephone.

Simon Lake even named his son after Thomas Edison. It was Lake’s dream after reading Jules Verne’s 1870 book, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” to invent a submarine. Lake launched America’s first successful submarine in 1897.

The Lake Torpedo Boat Company was located on Seaview Avenue in Bridgeport’s East End. Often, local residents would travel down to the Long Island Sound shore in Bridgeport to sea the latest submarine being launched. The events would attract huge crowds.

In 1918, Lake began to build R-21 submarines under government contract, joining in the World War I munitions activities with the rest of the local factories.

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Summer Reading!  On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!

Everyone from newborns to seniors are invited to participate in this year’s summer reading program. Just 20 minutes a day is all we ask for you to start your way toward earning a prize!  It is shown that kids who read just 20 minutes avoid the “summer slide” and return to school ready to learn.

Using Wandoo Reader kids and teens choose an avatar, gain power and level up while counting up minutes to win prizes all summer long!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read

Summer Reading List K-8 Grade