Torpedo Practice on board H.M.S. “Thunderer” – Preparing to Launch a Whitehead “Fish” Torpedo


Testing the first self-propelled torpedo in the British Navy.

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This interesting print shows a group of British sailors hard at work loading a Whitehead torpedo into it’s launcher for test practice. The ‘fish’ was the first self-propelled torpedo and was in use by navies all across the globe. It was first used to successfully sink a ship during the Russo-Turkish war – the same year of publication.

Issued in the June 15, 1878 issue of Harper’s Weekly magazine.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1878

Author: Harper's Weekly

Sheet Width (in): 21.40

Sheet Height (in): 15.40

Condition: A

Condition Description: Light toning around the outer edges of the sheet and a bit of creasing along the vertical centerfold.


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