“I built a submarine” - James Frankland


Alumnus James Frankland became interested in building his own submarine after seeing a television programme where the two presenters dived in a submarine, and subsequently created a very simple diving bell. After this, using the skills he had learned on his degree course, he recreated the same experiment before moving on to a real submarine.

James graduated in Industrial Design in 1998, which gave him the skills and confidence to attempt the project. The design is based on the proven K-350 submersible designed by the late George Kittredge. Many have been built over the years, particularly in the United States.

James’ submarine is for personal use only and he does not use it commercially. However, James has logged all of his efforts to design and build the submarine on his website and YouTube channel if you would like to find out more.