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8 Bells Lecture Series
“Goat Island and the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station: Guncotton, Smokeless Powder and Torpedoes,” by Richard Simpson.
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,View more