FIRST  U.S. WARSHIP SUNK BY  TORPEDO  (MINE)
U.S.S. CAIRO IRONCLAD RIVER GUNBOAT, CITY CLASS, TORPEDOED AND SUNK DEC. 12, 1862
RAISED ON DEC. 12, 1962

The ship was 175 feet long, 51 feet wide, weight was 512 tons, draft 6 feet.
Guns..   3- 4 pounder army rifle, 3- 64 pounder Navy smooth bore, 6- 32
pounder Navy smooth  bore, 1- 30 pounder Parrott. Crew had 17 officers,
27 petty officers, 111 seamen, 3 landsmen, 12 firemen, and 4 coal heavers.
Powered by 2 steam engines with 5 boilers, fuel used was coal.

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CIVIL WAR TORPEDO (MINES)

 

                                     
Confederate, Percussion type           Confederate , Percussion type

 

                                       
Confederate, Percussion type               Confederate, Friction type

 

                                     
Confederate, Percussion         Confederate Percussion                Confederate Percussion, 
Fretwell-singer                                                                                   Swaying (Brooke)
All photos courtesy of The Naval Minewarfare Assn.