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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
    More: Cool, Navy Divers, Coronado, Canadian Navy, Point Loma, System Center  
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2013-05-19 02:46:14 PM  
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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 03:09:52 PM  
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duenor: It's also made of bronze all over.

Some poor swabby spent days polishing the torpedo.
2013-05-19 02:49:41 PM  
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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 02:21:25 PM  
1 vote:
Howell might have invented it, but everyone knows that the professor is the one who actually built it.
2013-05-19 02:11:01 PM  
1 vote:
Steampunk torpedos found by assault Dolphins. I sense the theme for Bioshock Infinity Times Two forming.
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