17 One-Man Submarines That Will Take Your Breath Away

17 One-Man Submarines That Will Take Your Breath Away

The world got you down? Wish you could escape to somewhere calm, beautiful and quiet? No problem! Just hop into one of these amazing one-man submersibles, take a deep breath and propel yourself down into the deep blue sea. Serenity awaits.

This is the Nordenfelt I, 1884 brainchild of Swedish inventor and industrialist Thorsten Nordenfelt 1884

Picture: Wikimedia Commons

One of the two Resurgam, an early Victorian submarine designed and built in Britain by Reverend George Garrett in 1878-79. The Resurgam I was a hand-powered, one-man submersible; the Resurgam II had a three-man crew and was steam-powered.

Picture: Garrett/Henry Guttmann/Getty Images

A submarine motor car, invented by Michel Andre in 1937.

Picture: Horace Abrahams/Fox Photos/Getty Images

The Motorised Submersible Canoe (MSC) — nicknamed ‘Sleeping Beauty’ — was a British underwater reconnaissance or attack vehicle for a single frogman during World War II.

Picture: National Archives of England, Wales and the UK Government

The Biber, a German midget submarine of the German Navy during World War II, came armed with two externally mounted torpedoes.

Picture: geni/Wikimedia Commons

The Welman submarine was a WWII one-man British midget submarine developed by the Special Operations Executive, but it was not very successful.

Picture: Minewarfare & Clearance Diving Officers’ Association

This K-250 one-person submersible was designed by retired US Navy WWII submarine captain George Kittredge in the 1960s.

Picture: Steve/Flickr

Mikhail Puchkov’s homemade personal submarine made a splash in the 1980s.

Picture: Mikhail Puchkov

This is the one-man microsubmersible Mantis, designed by Graham Hawkes, British marine engineer and submarine designer. You might remember it from For Your Eyes Only.

Picture: Osel979/Wikimedia Commons

C-Quester was one of the first mass-produced personal submersibles by the Dutch U-Boat Workx. Production was discontinued in favour of multi-passengers subs.

Picture: U-Boat Workx

Newtsub Deepworker 2000, a single-person submersible by Nuytco Research.

Picture: NASA Analog/Flickr

Deep Rover, another single-person submersible by Nuytco Research.

Picture: T. Kerby/OAR/National Undersea Research Program (NURP); University of Hawaii/NOAA

The Innespace Dolphin prototype personal watercraft, which can ride on top of, leap out of, or dive under the water’s surface.

Picture: Scott Olson/Getty Images

AquaVenture WaterCrafts prototype sub, 2010.

Picture: AquaVenture/Facebook

Virgin Oceanic Expeditions’ deep sea submarine, seen here in 2011, is currently still undergoing testing.

Photo: Reed Saxon/AP

James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenger made it about as far underwater as you can go.

Picture: Charlie Arneson/Deepsea Challenge Facebook

Omer 8, a human-powered submarine recently built by students of the École de technologie supérieure (School of Higher Technology) in Montreal, Quebec.

Picture: Omerets

Top picture: Mikhail Puchkov