GREEN BOX #7 :: 12/13/19

It’s Friday, Dec. 13th and this week we are featuring designer John Hardy.  John Hardy jewelry is handmade in Bali and based on the artistry of the Balinese.  The company focused on sustainability, being environmentally friendly and furthering its unique style into the highest realms of luxury.  This bracelet takes about 4 hours per inch to create by using traditional Balinese methods of weaving.  This week’s box finder will receive a Sterling Classic Chain Bracelet with a pave Diamond Clasp that retails for $2795.  See some of our John Hardy Collection online.

***Update this box has been found***

This box was based on David Bushnell. Bushnell is credited with creating the first submarine ever used in combat and the first American naval mine, both used during the Revolutionary War.


#1 Clue, Friday Dec. 13th :: To live among us with a hidden identity.
In 1795, however, David Bushnell appeared in Columbia County, Georgia, as a schoolteacher, under the name of Dr. Bush. He lived with a fellow soldier, Abraham Baldwin who was the only person who knew his real identity. Through him Bushnell became head of a private school. Several years later he settled in Warrenton, Georgia, and began the practice of medicine which he continued until his death in 1824, at the age of eighty-four.

#2 Clue, Saturday Dec. 14th :: I can see a circle of light.
This was location, the drainage pipe under one of the entrances to the City graveyard in Warrenton, the box was not in the graveyard.  The clue was from the viewpoint of the box, the circle of light was opening and the end of the pipe.



#3 Clue, Sunday Dec. 15th :: Brilliant ideas struggled against the effectiveness of use.
Bushnell is credited with creating the first submarine ever used in combat, while studying at Yale in 1775. He called it Turtle because of its look in the water. His idea of using water as ballast for submerging and raising his submarine is still in use, as is the screw propeller, which was used in Turtle. On September 6, 1776, Turtle, manned by Sergeant Ezra Lee of the Continental Army, was used to attack the British 64-gun ship of the line HMS Eagle which was moored in New York Harbor. However, Turtle’s attack failed.
Realizing that Turtle was impractical as a weapon, Bushnell turned his attention to torpedoes (as explosive devices were then called). Bushnell also developed the first American naval mine. It was a watertight keg filled with gunpowder that was floated toward the enemy, detonated by a sparking mechanism if it struck a ship. It was used on the Delaware River as a drift mine. In 1777 Bushnell attempted to use a floating mine to blow up HMS Cerberus in Niantic Bay; the mine struck a small boat near Cerberus and detonated killing four sailors and destroying the vessel, but not the intended target. In 1778 he launched what became lauded as the Battle of the Kegs, in which a series of mines was floated down the Delaware River to attack British ships anchored there, killing two curious young boys and alerting the British. The attack was ineffectual. Bushnell did develop other mines that could be delivered without his submarine. The Continental forces used one type in New London Harbor and another on the Delaware River; both were successful.

#4 Clue, Monday Dec. 16th :: Tributes were made in 1915 and 1942
In 1915, the U.S. Navy named the submarine tender USS Bushnell (AS-2) after him and it was launched in Bremerton, Washington. Bushnell served during World War I and was renamed USS Sumner in 1940 and was present during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. She was employed as a survey ship during World War II and was decommissioned in 1946. On 14 September 1942, another submarine tender of the same name USS Bushnell (AS-15) was launched. Bushnell served during World War II and later was the flagship of Submarine Squadron 12 in Key West, Florida from 1952 until she was decommissioned in 1970.

#5 Clue, Tuesday Dec. 17th (instore clue) :: An inventor, engineer, teacher and doctor.
David Bushell was all of these during his lifetime.