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Simon Lake

Simon Lake, American naval architect, mechanic engineer. Member Society Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society Naval Engineers, Institution of Naval Architects (London), Society Founders and Patriots of America, Society Colonial Wars, S.A.R.; Mason.

Background

  • Lake, Simon was born on September 4, 1866 in Pleasantville, New Jersey, United States. Son of John Christopher and Miriam M. (Adams) Lake.

  • Education

    • Educated Clinton Liberal Institute, Fort Plain, New York, and Franklin Institute, Philadelphia.

    Career

    • Inventor of even keel type of submarine torpedo boats. Built first experimental boat, 1894. Built Argonaut 1897 (first submarine to operate successfully in the open sea).

      Has designed and built many submarine torpedo boats for United States and foreign countries. Spent several years in Russia, Germany and England, designing, building and acting in an advisory capacity in construction of submarine torpedo boats. Also inventor submarine apparatus for locating and recovering sunken vessels and their cargoes, submarine apparatus for pearl and sponge fishing, heavy oil internal combustion engine for marine purposes, etc.

      President The Lake Submarine Company, The Lake Engineering Company, Merchant Submarine Company, Lake Submarine Salvage Corporation, Industrial Submarine Corporation, Lake Torpedo Boat Company (also consulting engineer).

    Membership

    Member Society Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society Naval Engineers, Institution of Naval Architects (London), Society Founders and Patriots of America, Society Colonial Wars, S.A.R. Mason.; Clubs: Engineers (New York).

    Connections

    • Married Margaret Vogel, June 9, 1890.
    • father: John Christopher Lake
    • mother: Miriam M. (Adams) Lake
    • spouse: Margaret Vogel
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    Died June 23, 1945
    (aged 78)
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