Goat Island and the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station: Guncotton, Smokeless Powder and Torpedoes by Richard V. SimpsonGoat Island and the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station: Guncotton, Smokeless Powder and Torpedoes by Richard V. Simpson

Goat Island and the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station: Guncotton, Smokeless Powder and Torpedoes

byRichard V. Simpson

Paper over Board | November 21, 2016

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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, unchivalrous."


During the American Civil War, the Confederate Navy employed submerged mines, called torpedoes, and explosive charges mounted on a long pole referred to as the "spar torpedo" which was bumped into the hull of an enemy vessel exploding on contact. These weapons enjoyed great success during the conflict.


In July 1869, the Secretary of the Navy announced the establishment of the Naval Torpedo Station on Goat Island in the harbor of Newport, Rhode Island, for development of a more sophisticated and deadlier self-propelled torpedo. From its founding until the end of the Second World War, the Naval Torpedo Station has been the Navy's principal center for the design of torpedoes.


Newport continues as the home of the U.S. Navy's most important laboratory for research and development of modern weapons' systems.

Title:Goat Island and the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station: Guncotton, Smokeless Powder and TorpedoesFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.31 inPublished:November 21, 2016Publisher:Arcadia PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1634990137

ISBN - 13:9781634990134

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"Readers with a penchant for military history will be fascinated by Simpson's research....The book is chock full of interesting illustrations and detailed photographs, several of which starkly show a Newport of a different age. This book is not for the average reader, but like a sleek torpedo itself, it really feels a niche. Newport This Week