Steampunk Submarine Sci-fi Fantasy Statue
This cool cast resin Steampunk Submarine Statue looks straight out of a Jules Verne novel. It is hand painted to bring out the intricate detail in this piece. It will make a great gift for any Steampunk fan. A Submarine (or sub) is a watercraft capable of independent operation underwater. It differs from a submersible, which has more limited underwater capability. It is also sometimes used historically or colloquially to refer to remotely operated vehicles and robots, as well as medium-sized or smaller vessels, such as the midget submarine and the wet sub. Submarines are referred to as “boats” rather than “ships” irrespective of their size. Although experimental submarines had been built before, submarine design took off during the 19th century, and they were adopted by several navies. Submarines were first widely used during World War I (1914-1918), and are now used in many navies, large and small. Military uses include attacking enemy surface ships (merchant and military) or other submarines, aircraft carrier protection, blockade running, nuclear deterrence, reconnaissance, conventional land attack (for example, using a cruise missile), and covert insertion of special forces. Civilian uses for submarines include marine science, salvage, exploration, and facility inspection and maintenance. Submarines can also be modified to perform more specialized functions such as search-and-rescue missions or undersea cable repair.
Submarines are also used in tourism and undersea archaeology. Modern deep-diving submarines derive from the bathyscaphe, which evolved from the diving bell. Most large submarines consist of a cylindrical body with hemispherical (or conical) ends and a vertical structure, usually located amidships, which houses communications and sensing devices as well as periscopes. In modern submarines, this structure is the “sail” in American usage and “fin” in European usage. A “conning tower” was a feature of earlier designs: a separate pressure hull above the main body of the boat that allowed the use of shorter periscopes. There is a propeller (or pump jet) at the rear, and various hydrodynamic control fins. Smaller, deep-diving, and specialty submarines may deviate significantly from this traditional layout. Submarines use diving planes and also change the amount of water and air in ballast tanks to change buoyancy for submerging and surfacing. Submarines have one of the widest ranges of types and capabilities of any vessel. They range from small autonomous examples and 1 or 2 person subs that operate for a few hours to vessels that can remain submerged for 6 months, such as the Russian Typhoon class, the biggest submarines ever built.
Submarines can work at greater depths than are survivable or practical for human divers. The word submarine simply means “underwater” or “under-sea” (as in submarine canyon, submarine pipeline) though as a noun it generally refers to a vessel that can travel underwater. The term is a contraction of submarine boat and occurs as such in several languages, e.g. French (Sous-marin), and Spanish (Submarino), although others retain the original term, such as Dutch (Onderzeeboot), German (Unterseeboot), Swedish (Undervattensbåt), and Russian (Podvodnaya Lodka), all of which mean “submarine boat“. By naval tradition, submarines are still usually referred to as boats rather than as ships, regardless of their size. Although referred to informally as boats, U.S. submarines employ the designation USS (United States Ship) at the beginning of their names, such as USS Alabama. In the Royal Navy, the designation HMS can refer to “Her Majesty’s Ship” or “Her Majesty’s Submarine“, though the latter is sometimes rendered “HMS/m” and submarines are generally referred to as boats rather than ships. Steampunk Submarine Sci-fi Fantasy Statue sizes: 8.5 inches / 21.5 cm x 4 inches / 10 cm x 7 inches / 18 cm.
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