John Philip Holland
 

 

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John Philip Holland 1841-1914

Born Liscannor. Inventor of the modern submarine. The first Holland submarine was paid for by the Fenian Brotherhood and was called the Fenian Ram. The Fenians however became impatient with the slow progress, and they stole the Ram. Holland washed his hands of them. He designed the US Navy’s first submarine – the USS Holland. A class of submarines is called after him to this day.

He is buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa, New Jersey. Originally the grave was marked only by a flat stone with the name Holland on it. This was replaced by the present monument erected in 1976. The inscription reads John P Holland Father of the modern submarine, born Liscannor, Ireland 1841, died New Jersey, USA 1914. Designer of the US Navy’s first submarine USS Holland (SS1)

Erected October 1976 by the Submarine Veterans, past present and future.

 After the Ram was stolen the Fenians were unable to operate it. It was used in Madison Square Gardens as a fundraiser for victims of the Uprising. It is currently in display at 2, Market Street in Paterson, New Jersey.

There is a memorial in Liscannor, County Clare.