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Spar torpedo

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spar torpedo a canister or other vessel containing an explosive charge, and attached to the end of a long spar which projects from a ship or boat and is thrust against an enemy's ship, exploding the torpedo.
    • Spar torpedo (Naut) a torpedo carried on the end of a spar usually projecting from the bow of a vessel, and intended to explode upon contact with an enemy's ships.
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Usage

In literature:

He fitted up a steam launch with a long spar to which he attached a torpedo.
"Andersonville, complete" by John McElroy
He fitted up a steam launch with a long spar to which he attached a torpedo.
"Andersonville, Volume 4" by John McElroy
This is why a space of 12 meters, represented by the length of the torpedo spar, is sufficient to protect the torpedo boat.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883" by Various
Fiske described the spar torpedo and the various classes of movable torpedoes, including the Lay.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 520, December 19, 1885" by Various
First came the simple torpedo, at the end of an ordinary boat's spar.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 794, March 21, 1891" by Various
The second cord was pulled; the torpedo dropped from the spar.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The order having been given, the torpedo-spars were lowered, so that each torpedo sank ten feet under water.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
And logs were chained fast around the vessel so that no torpedo spar could reach her.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various
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In poetry:

Now the Southern captain, stirred
By the spirit of his race,
Stops the firing with a word,
Bids them yield, and offers grace.
Cushing, laughing, answers, “No! we are here to fight!” and so
Swings the dread torpedo spar to its place.
"Albemarle Cushing" by James Jeffrey Roche