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Cornelis Drebbel's Oar
Oar

Origin

Cornelis Drebbel

Type

Oar

Effects

Underwater submersion

Downsides

Causes the bends

Activation

Touch

Collected by

Warehouse 11

Section

Neptune-45R

Aisle

507983-5546

Shelf

401643-7843-207

Date of Collection

May 17, 1742

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OriginEdit

Cornelis Drebbel was a Dutch inventor who helped create some of the first optical instruments for scientific use, such as lenses, camera obscuras and telescopes. He also had a heavy interest in chemistry, hydraulics and even constructed the first submarine for the English Royal Navy. He made three wood and leather crafts; the third was propelled by six oars and capable of carrying 16 people for up to three hours unfer the Thames. King James I was even a passenger, becoming the first ruler to travel underwater. Even with all these technological developments, Drebbel had died in near poverty.

EffectsEdit

Allows people to stay underwater for three hours without sickness, but prolonged use causes decompression sickness, commonly known as the bends. During uncontrolled diving, dissolved gases will bubble up across the body and cause symptoms ranging from rashes to paralysis, sometimes fatal. Many users must enter a decompression chamber or similar apparatus directly after use or suffer from excruciating pain.

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