1970's British Torpedo Table conversion
Cold War Memorabilia
Polished Aluminium with Twin Propellor Swivel Fins. This Torpedo has been immaculately restored to an unrivalled quality and finish.
This is an opportunity to purchase a unique piece of Cold War history.
Glass Diameter: 100cm
British GEC(General Electric Company)
forward bulkhead assy
drg no 47671 serial number 81-PGE-837 g.e.c
A true collector's item.
The first working prototype of the modern self-propelled torpedo was created by English engineer Robert Whitehead in the 1860's. By1871, the British Admiralty paid Whitehead £15,000 for his developments and production soon started at the Royal laboratories in Woolwich. Then in 1910 a Royal Naval Torpedo factory was established. in Greencock. These are now closed.
Whitehead opened another factory at Portland harbour in 1890 which continued until the Second World War. Because orders from the Royal Navy were not as large as expected most Torpedos were exported.
The United States Navy started using Whitehead Torpedos in 1892.
The first vessel to be sunk by a self-propelled torpedo was a Turkish steamer Intibah in 1878.
Torpedos were widely used in the First World War, both against ships and submarines. Germany and its allies disrupted the supply lines to Britain largely by use of submarine torpedoes.
During World War II all classes of ships, including submarines, and aircraft were armed with torpedoes. Naval strategy at the time was to use torpedoes, launched from submarine or warships, against enemy warships in a fleet action on the high seas.
The original Whitehead torpedo of 1866 used compressed air as it energy source, but subsequent torpedoes used heated(kerosene) compressed air (1910) and wet-heaters (WWI and WWII).