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(LA Times)   Navy divers find state of the art torpedo off the coast of California. Did we mention that the torpedo is 130 years old and the divers are bottlenose dolphins?   (latimes.com) divider line 37
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2013-05-19 02:11:01 PM
Steampunk torpedos found by assault Dolphins. I sense the theme for Bioshock Infinity Times Two forming.
 
2013-05-19 02:13:06 PM
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2013-05-19 02:19:24 PM
I'd like to see dolphins work more closely with the military. It's good for all in tents and porpoises.
 
2013-05-19 02:20:44 PM
A dolphin with crazy eyes that is prone to psychotic behavior:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_030317-N-5319A-014_Spe t z_a_Bottle_Nose_Dolphin_belonging_to_Commander_Task_Unit_%28CTU-55.4.3 %29_is_beached_up_on_a_transfer_mat_before_going_out_on_a_training_mis sion.jpg
 
2013-05-19 02:21:25 PM
Howell might have invented it, but everyone knows that the professor is the one who actually built it.
 
2013-05-19 02:21:56 PM
oops:
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2013-05-19 02:22:40 PM
So the divers are dolphins, the torpedo is Victorian...but your forgot to mention "coast of California" was also a vat of lime Jello.
 
2013-05-19 02:25:30 PM
www.conventionofassassins.org

Today they're finding long lost torpedoes, tomorrow they'll be piloting spaceships and dragging us into interstellar wars.  Freaking dolphins.
 
2013-05-19 02:26:48 PM
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2013-05-19 02:31:07 PM
heavyarmor.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-05-19 02:43:45 PM
Unnecessary-hyphens-are- unnecessary.
 
2013-05-19 02:46:14 PM
The design for these things is truly remarkable. There's no on-board engine or power inside the torp.

Basically you spin a flywheel inside the torp really really really fast through a system of shipboard winches. Then you just drop the thing in the water and the flywheel releases that stored up spinning energy into the propeller assembly, causing it to push itself toward the enemy.

I assume the point tip goes to a detonator cap which blows the whole thing up afterwards.

It's also made of bronze all over.

These things must have been incredibly expensive to make.
 
2013-05-19 02:49:41 PM
Funny how the Navy likes the dolphins to do their bidding, and yet proposes and promotes sonar exercises that will kill or deafen the non-captive ones in mass numbers. The most recent proposal was rejected by California back in March, but it doesn't guarantee that the project will not be proposed again in the future. From what I've read in news articles, the Navy is currently attempting to override the most recent rejection, claiming blah blah danger North Korea. Sign petitions, folks.
 
2013-05-19 03:03:36 PM

my alt's alt's alt: Funny how the Navy likes the dolphins to do their bidding, and yet proposes and promotes sonar exercises that will kill or deafen the non-captive ones in mass numbers. The most recent proposal was rejected by California back in March, but it doesn't guarantee that the project will not be proposed again in the future. From what I've read in news articles, the Navy is currently attempting to override the most recent rejection, claiming blah blah danger North Korea. Sign petitions, folks.


So their recruitment drive is "Join the Navy or we explode your ears with vibrations"?
 
2013-05-19 03:09:52 PM

duenor: It's also made of bronze all over.


Some poor swabby spent days polishing the torpedo.
 
2013-05-19 03:10:05 PM

duenor: These things must have been incredibly expensive to make.


It was actually significantly cheaper because it had no engine or fuel system. The other torpedo in use at the time, the Whitehead, was much more expensive to produce.
 
2013-05-19 03:10:39 PM
If it was sooo state of the art then how did it end up on the seafloor? That's not where the good torpedoes belong.
 
2013-05-19 03:20:41 PM

IoSaturnalia: duenor: It's also made of bronze all over.

Some poor swabby spent days polishing the torpedo.


You see, it's comments like this that make people think the Navy is full of gay.
 
2013-05-19 03:26:42 PM

jjorsett: Steampunk torpedos found by assault Dolphins. I sense the theme for Bioshock Infinity Times Two forming.


These are both excellent band names.
 
2013-05-19 03:31:34 PM
Just wondering, but how do the dolphins "clear" the mines?  Do they have explosives on them that detonate near the mines or something?

/doesnt know how minesweeper dolphins work
 
2013-05-19 03:35:55 PM

Fixxor: Just wondering, but how do the dolphins "clear" the mines?  Do they have explosives on them that detonate near the mines or something?

/doesnt know how minesweeper dolphins work


According to the WIkipedia article on Military Dolphins, they report back to their handlers, who then sends in divers to clear them.
 
2013-05-19 03:45:38 PM

hardinparamedic: IoSaturnalia: duenor: It's also made of bronze all over.

Some poor swabby spent days polishing the torpedo.

You see, it's comments like this that make people think the Navy is full of gay.


The double entendre was intended to refer to onanism, but the fact of the matter is I just really hate doing brightwork.  That was definately the scariest looking torpedo in the history of the navy.
 
2013-05-19 04:06:38 PM

antron:


Tonite, you.
 
2013-05-19 04:10:58 PM
Next they'll find something really dangerous down there and fly away from earth with a cheerful goodbye message...

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2013-05-19 04:18:00 PM

Oldiron_79: antron:

Tonite, you.


"what do you think that means? It's like he's threatening me or something."
 
2013-05-19 04:59:12 PM
'pha loves Pa
 
2013-05-19 05:31:37 PM

wallywam1: Unnecessary-hyphens-are- unnecessary.


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2013-05-19 05:38:30 PM

duenor: The design for these things is truly remarkable. There's no on-board engine or power inside the torp.

Basically you spin a flywheel inside the torp really really really fast through a system of shipboard winches. Then you just drop the thing in the water and the flywheel releases that stored up spinning energy into the propeller assembly, causing it to push itself toward the enemy.

I assume the point tip goes to a detonator cap which blows the whole thing up afterwards.

It's also made of bronze all over.

These things must have been incredibly expensive to make.


Meant to be launched from above the water or submerged torpedo tubes, the Howell torpedo was made of brass, 11 feet long, driven by a 132-pound flywheel spun to 10,000 rpm before launch. It had a range of 400 yards and a speed of 25 knots.

Brass is not bronze. You could be right and the article would be wrong.

But it is pretty cool.
 
2013-05-19 05:42:05 PM
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It's dead, Jim.
 
2013-05-19 05:48:25 PM

saturn badger: wallywam1: Unnecessary-hyphens-are- unnecessary.

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NO! I'm not finished being butt hurt about it yet.
 
2013-05-19 05:53:43 PM

miniflea: [heavyarmor.files.wordpress.com image 688x288]


Came here for Dr. Gillian Taylor, glad to see I wasn't the only one to think of that one.
 
2013-05-19 06:06:01 PM

jjorsett: Steampunk torpedos found by assault Dolphins. I sense the theme for Bioshock Infinity Times Two forming.


Red Alert Prequel with even MOAR Tim Curry.
 
2013-05-19 06:10:16 PM

FunkOut: So the divers are dolphins, the torpedo is Victorian...but your forgot to mention "coast of California" was also a vat of lime Jello.


Is this an obscure reference to the outstanding children's book "the Oscar j. Noodle man television network?"
 
2013-05-19 09:17:40 PM
Only 50 were made between 1870 and 1889 by a Rhode Island company before a rival copied and surpassed the Howell's capability.

Let me guess; it was a Chinese company?
 
2013-05-20 04:33:44 AM
 
2013-05-20 10:06:24 AM

miniflea: [heavyarmor.files.wordpress.com image 688x288]


No ma'am, no dipshiat.
 
2013-05-20 10:56:04 AM
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