Engineering Mechanics; Electrical, Civil, Mechanical, and Mining Engineering Volume 5
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...the present century. At the time when England was thrown into a ferment by the numerous threats of invasion uttered by Napoleon Bonaparte, Fulton endeavored to get him to adopt his plan of submarine torpedoes, by which he promised "to deliver them and all the world from British oppression." He does not appear to have met with any encouragement from Napoleon, however, and he subsequently betook himself to the United States, where he published a book entitled "Torpedo War and Submarine Explosions." It is dated New York, 1810, and has the curious motto on its title-page, "The liberty of the seas will be the happiness of the earth." His torpedoes were all to be fired by mechanical means, however. The invention of the voltaic battery and its development were to lead to its adoption for firing submarine mines. In 1829. when but a boy, Col. Samuel Colt, the inventor of the revolver which bears his name, began experimenting in this direction. He worked hard until 1842, in which year, on the 4th of June, he exploded a torpedo in New York harbor by means of the current from a battery, and on the 4th of July following blew up the United States gunboat Boxer, opposite Castle Gardens. After this he was taken up by the American Government, and a rum of money ($17,000) voted him to enable him to continue his experiments. On the 20th of August, 1842, he destroyed a schooner on the Potomac River when five miles away from her, and on the 18th of October, 1842, he blew up the brig Volta in New York harbor. It is generally conceded that Colonel Colt was the first to utilize electricity for firing mines. The following extract from "Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare," by C. W. Sleeman (Griffin & Co., Portsmouth, 1880) will be...
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