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Exploring the Pride of Oshkosh: Mr. Raddatz's incredible submarine

6:47 PM, Jun. 28, 2013
A cyanotype of the Raddatz submarine in dry dock near the Fox River.
A cyanotype of the Raddatz submarine in dry dock near the Fox River.
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In the 1890s naval engineers around the world sought solutions to the challenge of creating a workable "submersible ship."

It was no problem getting those early "submarine boats" to dive, but consistently bringing them back to the surface, keeping them in trim, and ensuring the air inside remained breathable was truly daunting. Not even the shipyards of Great Britain, with the world's greatest navy, could work out the problem.

An Oshkosh man, Richard Raddatz, decided to solve the dilemma and built a remarkable underwater craft along the banks of the Fox River. The Daily Northwestern ...

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