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Uncle Sam's Largest Submarine from The Detroit News.
During World War I, this was Uncle Sam's largest submarine

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U.S. Navy Acquired First Submarine
April 11, 1900

Designs for underwater boats date back to the 1500s. In the 19th century, the first useful submarines began to appear. During the Civil War, the Confederates built the H.L. Hunley, a submarine that sank a Union ship, the U.S.S. Housatonic, in 1864. But it wasn't until World War I that the first truly practical submarines emerged. Have you ever been on a submarine? Ask your family if they have and what it's like.
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