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The explosive charge was contained in an otter board, of the type used by fishermen to keep open the mouth of their trawl net. It was towed beneath the surface suspended from a cork float. The towing cable was kept at an angle of 45 degrees to the course of the attacking vessel by a second line controlled by brakemen. The principle was simple but daring. The attacking vessel streamed its Harvey torpedo, and at a safe distance the firing key was activated, to avoid the risk of the tow cable becoming entangled in the ship’s propeller, pulling the device into one’s own ship.

In the course of his short but fruitful career, Robert Fulton designed canal dredging equipment, a steamboat tested on the Seine on 9 August 1803, and the North River Steamboat, the first successful passenger-carrying steam vessel, in 1807. During the Anglo-American War of 1812, he designed the first steam warship, Demologos, which was not completed until after his death, and was then renamed Fulton in his honour. Before he died, he had proposed a submerged cannon which he christened the Columbiad, designed to fire projectiles into the vulnerable underwater hull of an enemy vessel.

In conclusion, I must pay tribute to the work of the late Edwyn Gray, the undisputed expert on early torpedo development. Gray spent years tracking down the most obscure inventor and the most unfeasible patent application, in order to write his two major reference works listed in the Bibliography. After his death his extensive research files were donated by his widow to the RN Submarine Museum in Gosport. In compiling this encyclopedia, I have surfed widely in his books for my précis of the early development of the fish torpedo, but I wholeheartedly refer the reader to the works of Edwyn Gray for fuller details.

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