WWII Torpedo Table
Polished Steel, phospor bronze and brass. Twin Propellor, and twin tail providing direction. This Torpedo has been immaculately restored. We personally guarantee that our restoration is the finest available. If you are not happy we are happy to refund, such is our assurance of quality and detail.
This is an opportunity to purchase a unique piece of WWII history.
Height: 115cm (height can be adjusted)
Glass Diameter: 90cm
British GEC(General Electric Company)
Likely Russian Torpedo
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).