John Holland- Inventor of the Modern Submarine

The meeting rooms at Ward Automation were named after great Irish engineers. One of those chosen was John Holland, recognised world-wide as the inventor of the first functioning submarine.

John Holland (1841 – 1914) was an Irish engineer from Liscannor in West Clare, who developed the first submarine to be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy, and the first Royal Navy submarine, Holland 1.

Although he was interested in submarines, it was reported by the New York Times that Mr. Holland was opposed to war, and his idea of submarines was to incapacitate warships and not to destroy them and kill the men on them. He explored the peacetime uses of the submarine and discussed its potential role in scientific research.

“The inventor was viewed as an equal by other innovators such as Edison and Diesel, and showed incredible grit and determination to earn the title bestowed upon him by the US Navy – the father of the modern submarine.”

This weekend Holland will be celebrated at the IT Sligo engineering fair.

This family event will explain engineering in a fun way. It will include a wide range of performances, interactive displays and workshops families can take part in from home. It will include a demonstration on building a fan-powered car, an automata, a bio-engineered artificial hand and much more.

The fair will take place online on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February.

Have a look inside Ward Automation Sligo here.

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