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Battleships is an old favourite, everyone knows it and everyone plays it. Submarine Day is upon us, so to celebrate, we came up with a funky DIY version of the game as a battleship craft, using a yellow submarine and some other very fishy little characters. :-)


  • 8 or 16 good sized stones (preferably matching sizes in pairs),
  • Deco pens, glitter glue, paints and anything else you want to decorate your stones with,
  • 2/3 sheets of paper or card,
  • Sellotape,
  • A foldable or 2 chess boards. You can get a foldable chess board from Amazon; including these from House of Marbles, or this one here.
  • BluTack.


1. Wash your stones in water and dry them off. Set up some newspaper or scrap paper on the surface you are going to paint them on, so it doesn’t get messy! When they are dry, lay them out and pair them up. This will give you your two sets of ‘battleships’.

2. Decorate your underwater battleships anyway you want. Make sure you include a submarine though, as this is the theme for our post. We went for a Yellow submarine of course. Acrylic paints work well, as do glass and porcelain pens. Glitter glue is a must! ;-)

Here’s some ideas for how to decorate the stones for your battleship craft:

  • Submarine,
  • Pirate ship/boat,
  • Seaweed/coral,
  • Octopus or other sea creatures,
  • Ships’ wheel,
  • Diver,
  • Nemo and Dory, and
  • Shells.

As you can see we had a lot of fun decorating all of our “battleships”….

3. When you’re done, leave them to dry and set up your battleships board. A chess board, or other squared games board works well. If you have a foldable one, you can sellotape a few pieces of paper together and slot it into the gap where the hinges are. You can even make it into your own watery scene, just as we have done here. If you are using two boards, slot a piece of cardboard between them so no-one can cheat ;-) You can also use chalk to draw a board on the ground, or make one out of paper. If you do this, you can mark where you want to put your battleships on your side of the paper screen.

4. When you’re done split the pairs of stones, and you’re ready to play! You can use BluTack to pin the squares the other player has correctly guessed. If you aren’t sure how to play, then do check out these battleship instructions.

You might also want a piece of paper to keep track of where you have already guessed your opponents stones are as well; just in case your memory is as bad as mine ;-)

We hope you like this idea, it’s perfect for a rainy day, and shouldn’t take too long to make either.

We have lots of other great ocean-themed activities for you too, including making a snorkel mask to continue with the under sea theme. If neither of these is to your liking, why not take a look at our collection of ocean activities as well?

This post is part of a Submarine blog hop – so please do nip over to the other posts that are featuring these fabulously, fun vehicles! And if you’d like to join in, come and link up your posts too below. We hope you like our submarine battleship craft, and all the others too.

Here are all the other great submarine ideas for you too:

  • Adventures of Adam shares a brilliant Plastic Egg Submarine idea,
  • A great Submarine Pretend Play Periscope idea from Peakle Pie,
  • Try making a Yellow Submarine Collage inspired by Witty Hoots,
  • Pray Species shares an interesting idea with their Submarine Preschool Fun with Foam,
  • Brain Power Boy makes some Perler Beads Submarines that look great and are a super craft too!
  • The Truck that Wanted to Be a Submarine is a lovely class book review from Kelly’s Classroom,
  • Play and Learn Everyday make and explore a Submarine in a Bottle!
  • An Easy Submarine for Kids to Make sounds like amazing fun from The Usual Mayhem, and
  • Little Bins for Little Hands explore some wonderful Submarine Science!

We have loads of other ideas for crafts on the site too, alongside this blog hop, so why not check them out, as well as following the blog and our Activities Pinterest board as well?

This post was written by Zoe Kelly, the daughter of one of my friends, when she spent a day working with me for her work experience. She did all the craft, and most of the pictures herself, with only a little tweaking here and there from myself. Who said the youff of today weren’t creative? Don’t you just love the internet….

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Building a submarine requires lot of testing and tinkering but can prove worthwhile. For basic submarine (no weapons included) you want to follow the steps below:


1) Build a small platform of 600mm or normal ballast armour.

2) Place an Angled Boiler (or some small boilers to make it cheaper, but take up more of the percentage bar, and aircraft carrier engines are better for smaller submarines) on the platform. Move it around to take up as little space as possible

2b) [Optional] Expand the platform and add a second engine.

3) Cover ALL sides of the engine in 600mm (or 200mm armour, it will make the submarine less armoured but it weights the same as 600mm lightweight and makes building a sub much more cheap) lightweight armor as engines won't work underwater.

4) [Optional] Add various sculpted blocks to increase the sub's hydrodynamics.

5) Add some (preferably 2-4) propellers to the back.

6) Add some (preferably 3-6) propellers to the bottom - orient them with the poles facing DOWN.

7) Test it - increasing the throttle should cause it to dive and drive forward.

8) Add ballasts as needed, you want to be able to dive and rise to the surface easily. If it "dolphins", add fins to the sides of the sub, near the front. This will make the water hold down the front.

9) Add rudders.

After you have a basic sub built, you can add weapons - just note that only the Underwater Torpedoes work when submerged! Any guns should be put on top so you can rise from the water and use them as needed so you at least have some form of firepower when engaging ships when surfaced.

10) Modify ballasts as needed as you want the submarine to balance well with the new cargo.

11) Test the sub in Drill>Battle - see if you can kill other ships without being seen!

12) [Optional] You can always give your submarine a cool paint job, like blue for camouflage.

13) Use it in multiplayer!

14) Note: On multiplayer on the map morning sea and evening sea, subs can't be seen! Using the depth gauge block, the minimap and some practice will assist in underwater navigation.

Alternative methods

While the above method (using downward propellers to 'push' the submarine underwater) is easier to control, this faster but more risky alternative is possible to do

The concept of this alternative is to make your sub front-heavy. This will cause the ship to submerge if limited speed is applied (from the rear propellers). Increasing the speed will then cause the rear to be pushed down, resurfacing the sub.

General theory: No speed, float on surface (albeit at a strange angle). Small speed, dive down. Full speed, slowly resurface. This can sometimes become difficult to control if engaged in combat, and a depth gauge is essential.

Another technique is to use a level submarine and rely on the inherent forward movement to sink. The main idea is that at slow speeds, the submarine does not sink. At higher speeds will the submarine sink.

The submarine should, ideally, be as close to the density limit (1.0) as possible. You will need to calibrate the descent rate as best as possible; if the front is too heavy, you will dive into the death-zone (under the red floats of the depth gauge), and if your front is too light, you won't be able to stay underwater (you will bob back up).

The two methods were tested on identical submarines (same engines, shape, rear propellers, etc...). While the first method provided an average speed of approximately 20 knots, the second method provided an average speed of 50 knots.

If you are inexperienced in submarine handling, it is recommended that you use the first method to begin, and upgrade your submarine to the second or third method later on.

Step-by-Step Submarine Tutorial

This is a tutorial showing how to construct the SSV Banshee, a moderately complex submarine which will go 51.9 knots submerged, and is armed with four underwater torpedo tubes. It is somewhat difficult to control, but with practice, it is very effective and can be modified easily.

In the following screenshots, each picture will represent a one block high layer of the submarine, with the first picture showing the lowest layer. To identify which blocks are which, they will be colour coded as follows:

White: Hull/Sculpted Hull

Red: Heavy Ballast

Blue: 600mm Armor

Lime Green: Underwater Torpedo Tube

Purple: 1/2 Ballast

Yellow: Gas Turbine Engine

Dark Green: 400mm Armor

Black: Already Completed Layer

Users' Manual

If built correctly, the submarine shown in the tutorial should slowly sink when at full throttle. If the throttle is reduced to neutral or reverse, the submarine will tilt drastically forwards and then begin to rise fairly quickly.

For general use, this submarine should stay at full throttle until both depth gauges are just below the surface, at which point you are nearing the "death zone", the depth at which you will instantly be sunk. To prevent going into the death zone, you should go closer to the surface. To do this, put the throttle to neutral for a moment, and then back to full as soon as you see the top of the yellow/orange part of the rear depth gauge appear above the surface. If done correctly, this maneuver will cause the submarine to lean forwards, then angle up towards the surface, leveling off and beginning to descend again just before it reaches the surface. Executing this without surfacing may take a little practice, but it's worth the effort. Never surface in full reverse, or the submarine will fly into the air and then flip over and sink.

To sink more quickly, use the same maneuver as used to rise, except instead of staying at neutral, move the throttle to neutral or even full reverse for only a moment, before going back to full. Rinse and repeat until the desired depth is achieved.

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Submarine, any naval vessel that is capable of propelling itself beneath the water as well as on the water’s surface. This is a unique capability among warships, and submarines are quite different in design and appearance from surface ships.

Submarines first became a major factor in naval warfare during World War I (1914–18), when Germany employed them to destroy surface merchant vessels. In such attacks submarines used their primary weapon, a self-propelled underwater missile known as a torpedo. Submarines played a similar role on a larger scale in World War II (1939–45), in both the Atlantic (by Germany) and the Pacific (by the United States). In the 1960s the nuclear-powered submarine, capable of remaining underwater for months at a time and of firing long-range nuclear missiles without surfacing, became an important strategic weapon platform. Armed with torpedoes as well as antiship and antisubmarine missiles, the nuclear attack submarine has also become a key element of naval warfare.

Following is a history of the development of submarines from the 17th century to the present. For a history of other warships, see naval ship. For the weaponry of modern attack and strategic submarines, see rocket and missile system.

Early hand-powered submersibles

The first serious discussion of a “submarine”—a craft designed to be navigated underwater—appeared in 1578 from the pen of William Bourne, a British mathematician and writer on naval subjects. Bourne proposed a completely enclosed boat that could be submerged and rowed underwater. It consisted of a wooden frame covered with waterproof leather; it was to be submerged by reducing its volume by contracting the sides through the use of hand vises. Bourne did not actually construct his boat, and Cornelis Drebbel (or Cornelius van Drebel), a Dutch inventor, is usually credited with building the first submarine. Between 1620 and 1624 he successfully maneuvered his craft at depths of from 12 to 15 feet (four to five metres) beneath the surface during repeated trials in the Thames River, in England. King James I is said to have gone aboard the craft for a short ride. Drebbel’s submarine resembled that proposed by Bourne in that its outer hull consisted of greased leather over a wooden frame; oars extended through the sides and, sealed with tight-fitting leather flaps, provided a means of propulsion both on the surface and underwater. Drebbel’s first craft was followed by two larger ones built on the same principle.

A number of submarine boats were conceived in the early years of the 18th century. By 1727 no fewer than 14 types had been patented in England alone. In 1747 an unidentified inventor proposed an ingenious method of submerging and returning to the surface: his submarine design had goatskin bags attached to the hull with each skin connected to an aperture in the bottom of the craft. He planned to submerge the vessel by filling the skins with water and to surface by forcing the water out of the skins with a “twisting rod.” This arrangement was a forerunner of the modern submarine ballast tank.

First use in war

The submarine was first used as an offensive weapon in naval warfare during the American Revolution (1775–83). The Turtle, a one-man craft invented by David Bushnell, a student at Yale, was built of wood in the shape of a walnut standing on end (see photograph). Submerged, the craft was powered by propellers cranked by the operator. The plan was to have the Turtle make an underwater approach to a British warship, attach a charge of gunpowder to the ship’s hull by a screw device operated from within the craft, and leave before the charge was exploded by a time fuse. In the actual attack, however, the Turtle was unable to force the screw through the copper sheathing on the warship’s hull.

Robert Fulton, famed U.S. inventor and artist, experimented with submarines several years before his steamboatClermont steamed up the Hudson River. In 1800, while in France, Fulton built the submarine Nautilus under a grant from Napoleon Bonaparte. Completed in May 1801, this craft was made of copper sheets over iron ribs. A collapsing mast and sail were provided for surface propulsion, and a hand-turned propeller drove the boat when submerged. A precursor of a conning tower fitted with a glass-covered porthole permitted observation from within the craft. The Nautilus submerged by taking water into ballast tanks, and a horizontal “rudder”—a forerunner of the diving plane—helped keep the craft at the desired depth. The submarine contained enough air to keep four men alive and two candles burning for three hours underwater; later a tank of compressed air was added.

The Nautilus was intended to attach an explosive charge to the hull of an enemy ship in much the same manner as the Turtle. Fulton experimentally sank an old schooner moored at Brest but, setting out to destroy British warships, was unable to overtake those he sighted. France’s interest in Fulton’s submarine waned, and he left for England, offering his invention to his former enemy. In 1805 the Nautilus sank the brigDorothy in a test, but the Royal Navy would not back his efforts. Fulton then came to the United States and succeeded in obtaining congressional backing for a more ambitious undersea craft. This new submarine was to carry 100 men and be powered by a steam engine. Fulton died before the craft was actually finished, however, and the submarine, named Mute, was left to rot, eventually sinking at its moorings.

During the War of 1812 between the United States and England, a copy of the Turtle was built, which attacked HMS Ramillies at anchor off New London, Conn. This time the craft’s operator succeeded in boring a hole in the ship’s copper sheathing, but the screw broke loose as the explosive was being attached to the ship’s hull.

American Civil War and after

The next U.S. attempt at submarine warfare came during the Civil War (1861–65) when the Confederate States resorted to “unconventional” methods to overcome the Union Navy’s superior strength, exerted in a blockade of Southern ports. In 1862 Horace L. Hunley of Mobile, Ala., financed the building of a Confederate submarine named Pioneer, a craft that was 34 feet long and was driven by a hand-cranked propeller operated by three men. It probably was scuttled to prevent its capture when Union forces occupied New Orleans (although some records say the Pioneer was lost with all those aboard during a dive while en route to attack Union ships).

The second submarine developed by the same builders was a remarkably advanced concept: a 25-foot iron boat intended to be propelled by a battery and electric motors. Not surprisingly, no suitable motors could be found, so a propeller cranked by four men was again adopted. The submarine sank without loss of life in heavy seas off Mobile Bay while seeking to attack the enemy.

The third submarine of the Confederacy was the H.L. Hunley, a modified iron boiler lengthened to between 36 and 40 feet. Ballast tanks and a system of weights submerged the craft; it could travel at a speed of four miles an hour, powered by eight men cranking its propeller. Its armament consisted of a “torpedo,” filled with 90 pounds (40 kilograms) of gunpowder, towed behind the submarine at the end of a 200-foot line. The Hunley was to dive under an enemy warship and drag the torpedo against its hull. After a successful test against a barge, the Hunley was moved by railroad to Charleston, S.C. There the vessel suffered several disasters, sinking three times and drowning a number of crewmen including Hunley himself. Manned for a fourth time, the Hunley was fitted with a “torpedo” on the end of a long spar, and the craft made several successful dives. On the night of Feb. 17, 1864, the submarine attacked the Union warship Housatonic in Charleston harbour. The torpedo’s detonation exploded the warship’s magazines: the Housatonic sank in shallow water with the loss of five men, but the Hunley was also destroyed by the explosion, and its crew was killed.

One of the more intrepid submarine inventors of the same period was Wilhelm Bauer, a noncommissioned officer of Bavarian artillery who built two boats, Le Plongeur-Marin (1851) and Le Diable-Marin (1855). The first boat sank in Kiel harbour on Feb. 1, 1851, but Bauer and his two assistants escaped from a depth of 60 feet after the craft had been on the bottom for five hours. His second craft, built for the Russian government, was successful and reportedly made 134 dives before being lost at sea. In September 1856, during the coronation of Tsar Alexander II, Bauer submerged his submarine in Kronshtadt harbour with several musicians on board. An underwater rendition of the Russian national anthem was clearly heard by persons inside ships in the harbour.

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A submarine is a watercraft capable of working, operating, and sinking ships while underwater. They are noted for their high-damage but short-ranged torpedo attacks as well as the capability to submerge. Properly built submarines can be very inexpensive, about 3,000 resource excluding the 70,000 resource Underwater Torpedo Tubes. Submarines can be purchased for 300,000 and 420,000 resources.


Submarines are most commonly armed with the Underwater Torpedo Tube. One of the two weapons available that are usable underwater (the other one is the Mine (Layer)) these are a necessity on a submarine. Mines are also common, due to their high firepower, movement-restricting capabilities and the ability to lay them underwater. Lightweight weaponry such as the Mk 45 5 inch Gun may be carried when engaging light surface vessels, but only for niche purposes. A few may carry aircraft. However, due to the temperamental nature of submarines, they only carry small air fleets.

Roles and Usage

Submarines are effective ambushers, given the high damage, great deal of protection via underwater travel and short range of underwater weaponry. They are rather temperamental but effective torpedo delivery platforms and minelayers. They are fairly effective against capital such as battleships and carriers, given their relatively larger sizes and slower top speeds.


See Battle Tactics

Use the submarine's underwater protection to get close to the target. Then employ mines and torpedoes as the situation permits. Beware of enemy submarines: as they are probably armed with Underwater Torpedo Tubes, they are capable of one-shotting you as easily as you can one-shot them. Surface gunfire should be only employed when the said enemy vessel is either severely crippled, severely underpowered or the enemy has quit the game. 

The Future

In real world, nuclear submarines are still the trump card among the super nations. New technologies of submarine are also in competition and secret among countries.They perform special task extensively because of powerful and undetectable threaten. On GC, despite the antisubmarine weapon how to ranged it, the submarine has become a new underwater pole as the submerge control issue broken.


  • The first submarine was built in 1620 by Cornelis Drebbel.
  • The first known combat use of a submarine was in 1776 during the American Revolution.
  • The first successful attack from a submarine was in 1863 between the USS Houstianic and the CSS Hunley, though both vessels were sunk in the engagement.
  • Submarines are technically classified as boats, despite the fact some exceed the size of many ships. This was out of naval tradition where submarines were much smaller.
  • Even underwater, it is still possible to makes submarines go in excess of 194 knots
  • Installing mods will allow your submarines to be even more lethal than before
  • Depth Gauges can be hit with underwater torpedoes
  • Flying submarines (i.e. vessels capable of actigg as either submarines or flying ships) are possible to build, although these are very difficult to construct and tend to be less effective in either role than a dedicated flying ship pr submarine.

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The loss of the Minerve with 52 sailors onboard shocked the French Navy, as the vessel was known to be one of the most sophisticated of the French fleet. “It left the families and marine officers traumatized,” Rear Adm. Dominique Salles, the president of an organization that represents submarine crews, said in a telephone interview.

“La Minerve was a discreet and fast sub, capable of going at significant depth,” he added. “For the 1960s, it was the quintessence of the French modern submarine.”

For the families, the loss has remained a deep wound. “I perfectly remember that morning of this Sunday, Jan. 28,” Hervé Fauve, the son of Lt. André Fauve, who was commanding the Minerve, wrote on a blog dedicated to the sinking. After two navy officers gave the news of the vessel’s loss in the family’s living room, Mr. Fauve recalled, his mother turned to him and said in tears: “Your Daddy is dead. His submarine has sunk.”

In the days that followed the submarine’s disappearance, a search was conducted by around 20 boats, helicopters and aircraft, as well as a diving vessel of the oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Yet their efforts were fruitless, according to Admiral Salles, because the technical capabilities for a search at such a depth were insufficient.

Further searches were conducted from 1968 to 1970, but they were abandoned, leaving the crew members’ relatives without answers. When the families gathered in Toulon in January 2018 for the 50th anniversary of the sinking, they urged the French government to conduct new searches.

“The ceremony brought the memory of the sailors back to life — the families were not lost anymore,” said Admiral Salles, who participated in the commemoration.

A new preliminary search was conducted this February, and resumed this month. Last week, the Seabed Constructor joined a search operation conducted by French vessels and, using autonomous underwater vehicles, made the Minerve discovery on Sunday evening.

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