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Posted By: Bob Brown on: 11/29/2004 17:10:25 EDT|
Subject: From Telegraphs to Torpedoes
I would like to inform the forum of an event to be held at Ft. McAllister, GA on Dec. 11. Mike Kochan CW Torpedo expert and historian will be at the event using a Wheatstone Magnetic Exploder, hopefully to detonate pyrotechnics during the reenactment battle. Command detonated torpedoes were used during the actual battle with wheatstones, friction primers, and telegraph equipment. Mike is a wealth of information on the subject as well as a precision machinist making reproductions that are completely interchangable with the originals. I will be assisting him and would love to see the SigC guys come by for Q&A maybe we can learn some tid bits on our chosen crafts from each other. I will give you a sample tidbit.. Not long after the war, using telegraph lines and a wheatstone exploder, torpedoes were detonated 200 miles away. Tid bit number 2...Beardslee's Magneto-Electric Machine- G.W. Beardslee of New York, invented a device that was very similar to Wheatstone's. In Beardslee's generator, the disc ran in a horizontal plane past the necessary magnets and coils. Most of his inventions were made for use in telegraphy.