This is a full-size replica of the submarine Resurgam which was built n 1879 by J T Cochrane of Birkenhead and designed by the Reverend George Garrett (1852-1902).
Resurgam was one of the first submarines ever built. Made of iron and wood she was 45 feet long and weighed 330 tons. Powered by a closed cycle steam engine she had a crew of three. Trials in Birkenhead docks and at sea showed she did sail and submerge, if only briefly. This was the first vessel to be successfully propelled mechanically underwater.
In 1880, on her way to Portsmouth for a display to the Royal Navy she sank in a storm 15 miles off Rhyll in N Wales and the wreck was only discovered in 1995.
The model was built in 1997 by AMARC trainees and refurbished in 2009.
Resurgam is Latin for 'I shall rise again' and it sometimes features on gravestones as shown in this one from our recent trip to Dunblane.
Pencil Drawings by Laurie Lipton
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