Goat Island and the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station: Guncotton, Smokeless Powder and Torpedoes (America Through Time)
Weak maritime nations have always sought to augment the strength of their coastal defenses and navies by the use of "diabolical" contrivances for destroying an invader's ships. The history of the adoption of the torpedo as a recognized implement of warfare is not unlike that of gunpowder or of exploding shells. Each in its turn was met by the cry, "Inhuman, barbarous, unchivalrous." During the American Civil War, the Confederate Navy employed submerged mines, called torpedoes, and explosive charges mounted on a long pole referred to as the "spar torpedo" which was bumped into the hull of an enemy vessel exploding on contact. These weapons enjoyed great success during the conflict. In July 1869, the Secretary of the Navy announced the establishment of the Naval Torpedo Station on Goat Island in the harbor of Newport, Rhode Island, for development of a more sophisticated and deadlier self-propelled torpedo. From its founding until the end of the Second World War, the Naval Torpedo Station has been the Navy's principal center for the design of torpedoes. Newport continues as the home of the U.S. Navy's most important laboratory for research and development of modern weapons' systems.
- ASIN: 1634990137
British Naval Weapons of World War Two: The John Lambert Collection Volume II: Escort and Minesweeper Weapons
John Lambert was a renowned naval draftsman, whose plans were highly valued for their accuracy and detail by model makers and enthusiasts. By the time of his death in 2016, he had produced over 850 sheets of drawings, many of which have never been published. Following the first volume on destroyer armament, this one covers all such weapons carried by the various types of British escorts and minesweepers of this era, including the "passive" elements like sweeping gear, decoys, and electronics.The drawings are backed by introductory essays by Norman Friedman, an acknowledged authority on naval ordnance, while a selection of photographs adds to the value of the book as a visual reference. Over time, the series will be expanded to make this unique technical archive available in published form, a move certain to be welcomed by warship modelers, enthusiasts, and the many fans of John Lambert's work.
- ASIN: 1526750473
Torpedo 8 (Annotated): The Story of Swede Larsen's Bomber Squadron
Torpedo 8 is the epic story of the death and rebirth of the famous bomber squadron led by Lieutenant Harold "Swede" Larsen. VT-8 rose from the ashes of the Battle of Midway to become an indispensable air arm in the series of engagements for the Solomon Islands and beyond. In three months, the crack squadron carried out thirty-nine attack missions, sixteen against ships, twenty-three against ground targets. Their motto following the tragedy at Midway was "Attack and Revenge."Herman Wouk paid homage to the squadron in his 1971 novel War and Remembrance, referring to the pilots as, "The soul of America in action." *Includes annotations and images.
- ASIN: B07QRX9RHT
That Damned Torpedo: World War II Letters, A Dutch Naval Officer, and His American Bride
Ironically, the adventure that began with a fast-talking twelve-year-old runaway on a fishing boat becomes a nautical career. By 1943, that boy is a debonair young Dutch officer whose ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine. An inquest into the incident brings him to the shipping company's offices in New York City, where he is captivated by a charming secretary. For Dirk van Ekelenburg and Blanche Waldeck, first glances are enough to seal their fates.After a whirlwind courtship, they are married for fifty-two years. She moves with him to the West Coast, leaving her parents in New Jersey. He must return to his duties at sea. His family in occupied Holland is suffering and starving. Her brother is an American soldier in England and France. Only long and frequent letters connect the couple and the families.Collected here are some of those letters, many of which read with the excitement of an old-fashioned radio program with all of its twists and turns. Despite censors removing restricted defense information, these letters illuminate how wartime punishes nations both weak and powerful, and individuals both military and civilian.
- ASIN: 0998209309
Torpedo: The Complete History of the World's Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon
The torpedo was the greatest single game-changer in the history of naval warfare. For the first time it allowed a small, cheap torpedo-firing vessel--and by extension a small, minor navy--to threaten the largest and most powerful warships afloat. The traditional concept of seapower, based on huge fleets of expensive capital ships, required radical rethinking because of this important naval weapon. This book is a broadranging international history of the weapon, tracing not only its origins and technical progress down to the present day, but also its massive impact on all subsequent naval wars.Torpedo contains much new technical information that has come to light over the past thirty years and covers all of the improved capabilities of the weapon. Heavily illustrated with photos and technical drawings this is a book no enthusiast or historian can afford to miss.
- ASIN: 1591141931
Douglas TBD Devastator: America's First World War II Torpedo Bomber (Legends of Warfare: Aviation)
The Douglas Devastator was the US Navy's first all-metal combat aircraft, the Navy's first airplane with a fully enclosed cockpit, the first aircraft to have hydraulically folding wings, and the first US Navy torpedo bomber to see combat. Although facing staggering losses in the early stages of the war in the Pacific, the brave men flying the Devastator from the decks of such famed ships as Enterprise, Hornet, Yorktown, and Lexington held the line against the enemy. Through carefully researched photos, many of which have never before been published and which are reproduced in remarkable clarity, the history and details of this iconic aircraft are revealed. This clarity, and the large size of many of the photos, coupled with descriptive and informative captions, puts the reader in the skies with this historic aircraft.
- ASIN: 0764354191
Damn the Torpedoes: A Short History of U.s. Naval Mine Countermeasures, 1777-1991 (CONTRIBUTIONS TO NAVAL HISTORY)
- Brand: Brand: Naval Historical Center
- ASIN: 0945274076
The Battle of Stonington: Torpedoes, Submarines, and Rockets in the War of 1812
In the summer of 1814 a squadron of Royal Navy ships attacked the tiny Connecticut seaport of Stonington, and declared its intention of destroying the town. Over the next four days the British barraged the nearly defenseless civilian population with some fifty tons of explosives, before mysteriously upping anchor and sailing away, leaving Stonington largely intact.Though a mere footnote in America's early naval history, the Battle of Stonington has remained a source of curiosity for two hundred years. Why did the British single out Stonington and then fail so miserably at their goal? To solve the mystery of this curious battle, and explain Britain's failure to level the town, the author takes the reader back some forty years to the Revolution to unfold a surprisingly complex set of circumstances involving people on both sides of the Atlantic and across America. Drawing on contemporary news accounts, secret Royal Navy correspondence, and other primary sources, he investigates events leading up to the puzzling attack and then recounts the exciting details of the battle itself. It is a memorable, masterly told story of brave and honorable people, divided loyalties, and new ideas fighting traditional, old-world values.As the book develops, James Tertius de Kay introduces a fascinatin...
- Brand: Brand: Naval Institute Press
- ASIN: 1591142024
Naval Weapons of World War One: Guns, Torpedoes, Mines, and ASW Weapons of All Nations: An Illustrated Directory
Although the Great War might be regarded as the heyday of the big-gun at sea, it also saw the maturing of underwater weapons, the mine and torpedo, as well as the first signs of the future potency of air power. Between 1914 and 1918 weapons development was both rapid and complex. This heavily illustrated work details all the guns, torpedoes, mines, aerial bombs and an anti-submarine systems employed during that period and offers an in-depth explanation of the background to their evolution. The book treats the war as a transition from naval weapons which were essentially experimental at its outbreak to a state where they pointed directly to what would be used in World War II. Based largely on original research, this sophisticated book is more than a catalogue of the weapons, offering insight into some of the most important technical and operational factors influencing the war at sea.
- Brand: Naval Inst Pr
- ASIN: 1848321007
Damn the Torpedoes: Naval Incidents of the Civil War
Recounts battles between Union and Confederate ships, and looks at the technological developments that influenced the course of the war
- Brand: Brand: John F Blair Pub
- ASIN: 0895870738
British Naval Weapons of World War Two: The John Lambert Collection Volume 1: Destroyer Weapons
John Lambert was a renowned naval draughtsman whose plans were highly valued for their accuracy and detail by model makers and enthusiasts. By the time of his death in 2016 he had produced over 850 sheets of drawings many of which have never been published. British Naval Weapons of World War Two covers weapons carried by British destroyers of this era with additional appendices devoted to earlier guns still in service and destroyer-caliber weapons only mounted in larger ships.
- ASIN: 1526747677
Torpedo: The Complete History of the World's Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon
The torpedo was the greatest single game-changer in the history of naval warfare. For the first time it allowed any small, cheap torpedo-firing vessel – and by extension a small, minor navy – to threaten the largest and most powerful warships afloat. The
- ASIN: B00QKXBHZI
Firing a Naval Torpedo (Trading Card) 1936 Godfrey Phillips This Mechanized Age Series 1 - Tobacco [Base] #26
1936 Godfrey Phillips This Mechanized Age Series 1 - Tobacco [Base] #26 - Firing a Naval Torpedo
- Brand: Godfrey Phillips This Mechanized Age Series 1
- ASIN: B06W2PG5DZ
Infinite Photographs Photo: World War II, WWII, Binoculars, Naval Warfare, Ship hit by Torpedo, c1942, Zeiss Size: 8x10
Photograph Description: Visibility zero unless you lend your binoculars to the navy 6 x 30 or 7 x 50 Zeiss or Bausch and Lomb : Pack carefully and send to Navy Observatory, Washington, D.C. Date Created Published: N.Y. State : WPA, between 1941 and 1943 Summary: Poster asking citizens to lend their binoculars to the Navy, showing a ship hit by a torpedo. Notes: Work Projects Administration Poster Collection . Subjects: World War, 1939-1945--Equipment & supplies. Binoculars--1940-1950. Naval warfare--1940-1950. Screen prints--Color--1940-1950. War posters--1940-1950.
- Color: White
- Brand: Infinite Photographs
- ASIN: B06WP9ZD6R
1906 Bliss-Leavitt Turbine Torpedo Military Naval Weapons Illustrated
Vintage magazine article carefully disbound from Technical World Magazine. March 1906. Contains 4 pages and 5 illustrations. Page size approximately 6 inches x 9 inches.Would be great for any vintage paper collection.Illustrations include:Torpedo coming out of tube and about to dive in waterHoisting up torpedo after flight to be recharged and fired againCross section of tail end, showing main valve groupTorpedoes nearing completion in the Bliss-Leavitt Company ShopTorpedo in tube ready to be launchedSKU # 664Nice article overall. Has some browning, age toning, and dinged corners, but overall very nice for a 100-year-old magazine article.3.99 First ClassExported By ExportYourStore
- Brand: history-bytes
- ASIN: B07SGLYGRY
U.S. Naval Torpedo Station Newport, Rhode Island Original Vintage Postcard
Original Vintage Postcard: US Naval Torpedo Station Newport, Rhode IslandSeries E-5904State: RI (Rhode Island)City: NewportCounty: Newport CountyType: Postcard, LinenPostmark: 1944 Jun-14Published by American Art Post Card CoCondition: (Please view the product photos - we provide photos of the front and back of most items so you can see the exact condition)
- ASIN: B00P5EUV7S
Damn the Torpedoes! The Civil War Naval Battles Card Game
- ASIN: B01CO7S742
Atlantic Fleet Lite
- Brand: Paul Sincock Ph.D.
- ASIN: B019R41GHK