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Torpedo

Object Number: 
INV.7792
Date: 
1850-1870
Medium: 
Iron, wood, pitch
Dimensions: 
Overall: 48 x 14 in. ( 121.9 x 35.6 cm )
Marks: 
gold lettering: at tip of torpedo: "R.C. [illeg.]...kins/Chairman/Historical Society/New York" gold lettering: at opposite tip of torpedo: "Rear Admiral/J.A. Dahlg[ren]/Washing[ton]"
Description: 
Torpedo made from staves of wood bound by six iron hoops; two holes bored in center of body (one plugged with cork); two heavy metal rings project from top; both ends taper to point. Surface covered with pitch; gold lettering at each tip.
Gallery Label: 
This torpedo was likely designed by Rear Admiral John Dahlgren (1809-1870), who was chief of the bureau of ordnance in Washington in 1862 and commander of the Washington Navy Yard, 1861-1863. Dahlgren's innovations revolutionized naval armament.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group