Hippopotame and Schaumburgische or Steinhuder Hecht: An Amphibious Craft and a Submarine from the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century

By Timm Weski, published August 2002


A detailed description of two craft designed by Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst, King of Schaumberg-Lippe. Hippotame is a design for a light fast craft in the shape of a horse consisting of two pontoons and illustrated with original drawings. The Schaumburgische Hecht was an equally unusual design for a fast dispatch vessel in the form of a submarine, shaped as a fish. This proposal was for a vessel of approximately 30 m long. The mate was made as to how this craft was to die. A second design had a length of nearly 17 m. A smaller version was built later which dived and surfaced.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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