A Brief History of U.S. Navy Torpedo Development

“A Brief History of U.S. Navy Torpedo Development, sometimes called OP 353W or TD5436. This report covers the growth/development of the “auto-mobile” or self-propelled torpedo in the U.S. Navy from torpedo inception in Europe by Robert Whitehead in 1866 up to and including Torpedo Mk 48 of 1978. Part I is a narrative of the historical aspects of the evolution, while part II contains illustrations and characteristics of each of the torpedoes that was in development or is/was in service use over the 112-year period.”

This Navy report contains many great images of early torpedo designs -well worth a look!

http://www.hnsa.org/doc/jolie/index.htm

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