The modern replica of the submarine Ictíneo 1 can be found near the entrance to the Maritime Museum in Barcelona.
|(Pic - 2015)|
From the two similar pictures I have taken (2012 and 2015), it would appear that the submarine has undergone an exterior facelift during the past three years.
According to the plaque - this replica of Ictíneo 1 designed by Narcis Monturiol was built by Drassanes Dalmau.
|(Pic - 2012)|
Facts: “Monturiol named his vessel Ictíneo, from the ancient Greek icthus (fish) and naus (boat). As he put it, the Ictíneo’s form is that of a fish, and like a fish it has its motor in the tail, fins to control its direction, and swimming bladders and ballast to maintain an equilibrium with the water from the moment it submerges".
|Propulsion and rudder|
“For interior illumination he used a simple candle, which had the advantage of turning red when oxygen was beginning to run low.” His only source of power was hand-cranked propellers.
Sadly, Ictíneo 1 was destroyed when hit by a ship while at its berth.
You can read more about Monturiol’s remarkable machine on the web page from which much of this information was sourced.