There Ain’t ‘Alf Some Clever Bastards – Part Twenty Six



George Garrett (1852 – 1902)

Resurgam is Latin for I will rise again and in many ways it is an appropriate name for a submarine. However, in the era of submarine development it seems a hopelessly optimistic sobriquet.

Our latest inductee, George Garrett, was born on 4th July 1852 and was brought up in Moss Side in Manchester, the son of a curate. Having studied at Trinity College Dublin he passed the Cambridge Theological Examination and became a curate in his father’s parish.

Life as a curate in those was pretty undemanding and so Garrett had plenty of time to indulge his passion for mechanical engineering. In 1877 he had invented a diving suit which he demonstrated to the French government in the River Seine. We have already written about the American experiments in submarine technology, particularly the ill-fated endeavours of Horace Huntley. Despite the set-backs, not unnaturally, interest…

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