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Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine

 
 
Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, August 21, 2010
1. Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine Marker
The Restored Marker
Inscription.  The Explorer, completed in 1936, was the last boat built by the pioneering submarine designer and builder, Simon Lake. The Explorer was intended strictly for research and salvage and was linked to a mother ship for air and power. Divers could enter and leave the submarine through an escape hatch. The boat was also equipped with a mechanical arm and basket. Like Simon Lake's first great submarine, The Argonaut, Jr. (1894), the Explorer could travel under water either by the propeller or along the ocean floor on drive wheels.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1936.
 
Location. 41° 13.265′ N, 73° 3.322′ W. Marker is in Milford, Connecticut, in New Haven County. Marker is on Helwig Street, 0.1 miles north of Armory Lane, on the right when traveling north. Located at the Milford Landing Marina. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 Helwig Street, Milford CT 06460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Landing Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Milford Memorial Stone Bridge (about 600 feet away, measured in
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a direct line); Milford (about 700 feet away); Milford World War II Memorial (about 700 feet away); Milford Volunteer Fire Department (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eells - Stow House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ye Home of Freelove Baldwin Stow (approx. 0.2 miles away); Milford Memorial Flag Pole (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
 
More about this marker. Thanks to Jim Barchuck for permission to use his pictures.
 
Also see . . .
1. Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine. The Simon Lake Submarine Web Site entry (Submitted on February 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.) 

2. Simon Lake. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on September 24, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, January 7, 2010
2. Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine
The missing marker was on the wooden stand to the right of the submarine.
Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Barchuck, August 29, 2000
3. Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine Marker
The blue marker can be seen on the wooden stand just to the left of the front wheel.
Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Barchuck, August 29, 2000
4. Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine
The collection basket is hanging from the extender arm, in front of the wheel.
Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, August 21, 2010
5. Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine Marker
The Marker Has Been Restored. Seen at the Milford Oyster Festival, August 21, 2010.
Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Barchuck, August 29, 2000
6. Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine
Close-up of the front wheel. At the lower left is a maneuvering propeller on a swing arm. Round viewing ports are under the overhang and above the swing arm.
Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, January 7, 2010
7. Simon Lake's Explorer Submarine
At the stern is the pivoting rear wheel and main propellor.
Simon Lake autograph lot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, December 16, 2019
8. Simon Lake autograph lot
Portrait, signature, submarine plan
Small marker next to submarine image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, January 7, 2010
9. Small marker next to submarine
In Memory Of
J. Lloyd Fleming
May 25, 1939 – October 14, 2003
Who Played a Significant Role In
Locating This Historic Submarine
On This Site.
In Grateful Appreciation For His
Numerous Contributions to the
City of Milford
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,870 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 12, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   2, 3, 4. submitted on February 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   5. submitted on September 12, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   6, 7. submitted on February 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   8. submitted on September 24, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   9. submitted on February 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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