The City: Oakland #1


Original Caption:

One-Man Sub Plays with Fish.

Oakland -- A one-man submarine, which tests gas, carried its inventor, James Bolar of Oakland 15 feet below the surface of Oakland Estuary is the newest in towed playthings. Its just like a glider, except that its different. A plane tows a glider aloft. A motorboat tows the submarine, an Bolar, laying flat in the diver, with his head looking out thru the conning tower, operates levers to keep his craft cavorting below the surface. "I got the idea while laid up with a broken leg in Honolulu Hospital", he says. The craft is ten feet long. (1933)

4 comments:

Tommy O'C said...

But they don't need subs to smuggle weed across the Bay, anymore.

Christopher said...

considerd a major threat to nazi U boats

michaelE said...

Apparently there is, or was, some there, there...

Steve_W said...

That looks dangerous as hell! Original source here: http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/10/19/inventor-gets-thrill-in-homemade-submarine/ (Popular Science, June 1933, via Modern Mechanix website)