Congreve Rocket

Guttman, Jon
September 2008
Military History;Sep/Oct2008, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p25
This article explores the history of an iron-cased, black powder rocket designed by British Lieutenant Colonel William Congreve in 1804. Congreve created the rocket with a cylindro-conoidal warhead, attached to a wooden guide pole. He demonstrated it to the Royal Arsenal in 1805--and to the French, when the Royal Navy used rockets to bombard Boulogne. Congreves remained in the British arsenal until the 1850s.


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