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Edison walking next to conning tower of submarine.

Aboard ship as chairman of the Naval Consulting Board, December, 1915

As a consequence of an article Edison wrote about military preparedness, he was asked to head a Naval Consulting Board in 1915. It was made up largely of inventors and engineers, and recommended the formation of a large government laboratory. Congress was unwilling to furnish the necessary funds, and the ultimate result was the smaller Naval Research Laboratory. Separately, Edison suggested a number of inventions to the Navy without any of them being accepted.

Edison alkaline storage batteries, already in production, were installed on this U.S. Navy submarine, the E-2.

SI negative #87-1693

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