Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Things that Go “Boom!”

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on August 5, 2017

My colleague Chubacus from CivilWarTalk.com posted this image, subsequently identified by CWT user lordroel, of U.S. Navy tests of a spar torpedo at Newport, Rhode Island on September 11, 1871. The note on the back of the image gives the size of the charge as 160 lbs, about 20% more than used by the Confederate submersible H. L. Hunley in sinking USS Housatonic in February 1864. It was a steam launch very much like this that sank CSS Albemarle.

Presented in both flat and 3D anaglyph formats.

You can visit Chubacus’ photography blog here.

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  1. Meg Groeling said, on August 5, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Remind me again where to get those glasses . . .

  2. bob carey said, on August 5, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    The Navy actually had a crew on a ship it tested explosives on??? I hope they were volunteers. Was anybody hurt?

    • Andy Hall said, on August 5, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      I don’t know if anyone was hurt. But this is exactly how William Cushing sank Albemarle in the CW.


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