Submarine Inventor from Clare. Thomas Francis Meagher

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1815: Robert Fulton, the man credited with inventing the steamboat dies in New York age 49. Fulton’s father emigrated from Ireland to Philadelphia.

Robert Fulton Steamboat Inventor      1765-1815

1841: John Paul Holland, the inventor of the first practical submarine is born in Liscannor, Co. Clare. He emigrated to the US in 1873. Holland’s first submarine submission was rejected by the Navy Secretary as “a fantastic scheme of a civilian landsman.” The navy eventually relented and purchased it’s first submarine from Holland’s company in 1900 for $150,000. Holland also had a strong interest in aviation writing a paper in 1891 titled The Practicality of Manned Flight. He is buried in Totowa, New Jersey.

Submarine Inventor John Holland

1865: Brigadier Thomas Francis Meagher is relieved of his command of the Irish Brigade under the instructions of Ulysses S. Grant. Meagher’s drinking had become a major impediment to his ability to lead his command.

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