How a Howell Torpedo Works – Brilliant Piece Of Navy Engineering In The 1890’s!

How a Howell Torpedo WorksHow a Howell Torpedo Works

What you see in the video below is an animation of the Howell 14.2 inch torpedo from 1890’s. The Howell Torpedo was the first self-propelled torpedo produced in quantity by the United States Navy. This torpedo uses a heavy flywheel as its motive power and it was the first torpedo to use the gyroscope effect.

How a Howell Torpedo Works – Brilliant Piece Of Navy Engineering In The 1890’s!

The flywheel of this torpedo had to be spun up to 10,000 rpm by an external engine before launching. The Howell had excellent directional stability and left no visible trail of bubbles, but had limited range. And because of this it was phased out of use in 1907.

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