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A History of the Navy in 100 Objects
A History of the Navy in 100 Objects

Object 43: The Momsen Lung

Even though submarines entered mainstream use during World War I, they nevertheless were dangerous, and accidents were usually fatal. A series of mishaps on US submarines finally inspired one man to develop the tools that would help sailors escape from a sunken submarine. Charles Momsen was a pioneer in underwater rescue, and developed the rescue device that bears his name.

Momsen Lung


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