Whitehead Torpedo

Guttman, Jon
September 2007
Military History;Sep2007, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p25
The article presents a brief history of the first torpedo developed by retired Austrian navy officer Giovanni Biagio Luppis and English-born engineer Robert Whitehead. Aided by Luppis' 12-year-old son, John, and technician Annibale Ploech, Whitehead developed Luppis' concept into a working weapons system he called a Minenschiff, or mine ship. The patent for the torpedo was zealously guarded by Whitehead, who incorporated improvements. The torpedo sunk the Turkish steamer Intibah.


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