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George
Centre Hastings, ON, Canada
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Confederate Sub, what killed the crew
Posted on: 8/24/2017 6:43:54 AM
The Confederate submarine, H.L. Huntley was discovered years ago.

The skeletons of the crew members were still at their station and the speculation was that they had drowned or asphyxiated.

Now, scientists at Duke University have determined that they died of concussive force related to the weapon that they used, called a torpedo.

But it wasn't a torpedo in the sense that we know it today. Really it sounds like a mine that was on the end of a 16 foot pole that allowed the sub to place the device on the hull of a target ship. The sub was too close to the target.

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The journal PLOS One, in which the findings were published.

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OpanaPointer
St. Louis, MO, USA
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Re: Confederate Sub, what killed the crew
Posted on: 8/24/2017 7:44:41 AM
Torpedoes were unpowered and stationary before "automobile torpedoes", like Whitehead's, came along. During the ACW they could be set off electrically.

George
Centre Hastings, ON, Canada
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Re: Confederate Sub, what killed the crew
Posted on: 8/24/2017 9:08:33 AM
OP, when was the term, "torpedo", first used?

Wondering about the etymology of the word, actually.

Cheers,

George

OpanaPointer
St. Louis, MO, USA
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Re: Confederate Sub, what killed the crew
Posted on: 8/24/2017 9:26:05 AM

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OP, when was the term, "torpedo", first used?

Wondering about the etymology of the word, actually.

Cheers,

George
--George

Named after a flippin' fish! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torpedo

'Splains why sailors call them "fish", don't it?

Michigan Dave
Muskegon, Michigan, MI, USA
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Re: Confederate Sub, what killed the crew
Posted on: 8/24/2017 9:26:32 AM
Hi George,

Fascinating findings on the CSS Hunley. Author Clive Cussler financed the search for this innovated CW Submarine, his colleague Ralph Wilbanks was here in West Michigan searching for ship wrecks and lost planes, with my Shipwreck Hunting group MSRA.

Thanks for the update,
MD
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