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"There's a poetry in the materials we use to construct our world of artifacts; it speaks of our long history as a technological species."
- William Gibson

Electric Boat  
  A surface vessel powered by electricity.  

As far as I know, the first use of the term 'electric boat' in science fiction, if not the first reference to the idea (see below).


(Electric boat from 'The Great Drought' by Capt. S.P. Meek)

Before the doctor’s surprised gaze, the edges of a huge box rose above the surface of the water, around the electric boat. The boat was raised and water could be heard running out of the box which held it. When the box was drained, a man leaped in and made some adjustments. A cover, hinged on one side, swung over and closed the box tightly with the boat inside.

Technovelgy from The Great Drought, by S.P. Meek.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1932
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Compare to the electric-yacht from A Strange Trip (1885) by John Baker Hopkins.

Science fiction fans of course recall the first fictional electric sea-going vessel, the Nautilus, described by Jules Verne in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, published in 1875.

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  More Ideas and Technology from The Great Drought
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