August 05, 2005

August 5, 1864

“Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” or words to that effect were uttered by Union Admiral David Farragut in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Torpedoes referred to underwater mines, which were largely ineffective at the time (they were made of wood and often became waterlogged). However, one of them is the likely suspect in the blast that sank the USS Tecumseh.

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