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    Hello

    I hope someone can help me with Type and Nationality of this Torpedo. Hight 123 cm. and diameter 44 cm.







    Regards

    Joern

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    Hi Joern,

    I cannot identify the torpedo head for you, but you may find these drawings of the different heads of interest. You will see the similarities. This scan was taken from a book I have which was written by Commander Furlong RN while serving at the torpedo school during WW1.

    Cheers,
    Steve,

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    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Hi Joern,

    Looking at the markings and appearance of the warhead this may be an early torpedo designed and manufactured by Robert Whitehead, an English engineer.

    Here's some info courtesy of Wiki:

    Whitehead torpedo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Robert Whitehead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Hope this helps.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Hello

    Thank you Steve and Ned. The torpedohead comes from a deceased danish navalofficer so I can't get more information. The danish navy got Whitehead torpedoes in 1875 and started to produce torpedos themselves in 1889. Now I know in wich direction I have to look.

    Regards
    Joern

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    Hi Joern,

    The notes I have of commander Forlong are in a vellum bound book which bears the title... 'Whitehead Notes' - although this refers to the name of the shore establishment. The book contains notes on Whitehead's designs, and is full of diagrams covering the various components which make up the torpedo. If there is anything specific I can help you with, please let me know.

    Steve.
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Hi Joern,

    The torpedo was manufactured by the Whitehead company (Fiume) for the Danish navy and was one of seven 18" (450mm) ordered and delivered to Denmark in early 1891.

    The pistol (fuze) doesn't appear to be the original one and if you can post more pictures of this I can attempt to ID for you.

    Cheers
    Drew

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