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By Richard V. Simpson

In 1877, the U.S. military bought the short steam yacht Stiletto from the Herreshoff production corporation of Bristol, Rhode Island, for "automobile" torpedo experiments in Narragansett Bay. The submarine provider was once in its infancy, and curiosity within the self-propelled torpedo as an undersea weapon flourished. Herreshoff's speedy, steam-powered boats have been the 1st of the supply systems authorised by way of the U.S. army division for experiments on the Newport Naval Torpedo Station and repair throughout the Spanish-American conflict. relationship from the Civil struggle, the torpedo station on Goat Island in Newport Harbor was once the 1st torpedo armory within the usa, focusing on study, improvement, and manufacture.

Building the Mosquito Fleet: The U.S. Navy's First Torpedo Boats strains the $64000 and sometimes dramatic historical past of the involvement among the U.S. army and the Herreshoff brothers' marine yards over a interval of greater than thirty years. it's a tale of firm, naval improvement, and marine production in the course of a time of experimentation and evolution. integrated are dramatic tales of the boys who outfitted and confirmed those risky new vessels. This attention-grabbing quantity preserves lower than one hide a concise background of the torpedo boats equipped through the Herreshoff production corporation. It describes layout and development options brought via the Herreshoffs and strains the occasions that led the key navies of the realm to take observe of the Herreshoffs' work.

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