THE "DESTROYER" TORPEDO-VESSEL OF CAPTAIN ERICSSON.

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The "Destroyer" Torpedo-Vessel of Captain Ericsson.

Wood engraving, 1887.
Image size 5 1/2 x 8 1/16" (13.9 x 20.6 cm)
Good condition with modern hand color.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 95170
Price: $50.00
Publisher : Published by Cassell & Company Limited: London, Paris, New York, Melbourne.
From "The youth's history of the United States, Volume 3" by Edward Sylvester Ellis. Published 1887.

An excerpt from Charles William Sleeman's "Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare", published 1880: "Any invention emanating from the fertile brain of Captain John Ericsson deserves the attention of Americans, if not of the world. For a number of years Captain Ericsson has been engaged in developing one of the most formidable torpedo vessels ever constructed. This vessel, the 'Destroyer', is armed with a submarine gun 30 feet in length, which discharges under water a steel torpedo 25 feet long and 1 2 inches in diameter, carrying a charge of 300 pounds of dynamite. The gun is mounted in the bow of the vessel, near the keel, and is thus some ten feet below the surface of the water."
18th-19th Century Subjects , Marine , Naval