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P. Chamber containing the powder.
B, B. Cast-iron wheel made to fit
over the top of the torpedo.
The torpedo is exploded by being
struck with sufficient force to keel it over, which allows the wheel (B) to fall
off, which in falling drags with it the rod (D), at the end of which is a small
pin, which fits into a hole in the rod (R). The pin being pulled out releases
the spiral spring (S) around the rod (B), which forces the rod against the
bottom of the torpedo at F, where it strikes a cap and explodes the torpedo.
REBEL TORPEDO FOUND IN THE
WRECK OF THE "OTSEGO," AND THE EXPLOSION OF THE TUG
" BAZLEY" IN THE ROANOKE RIVER, DECEMBER 10, 1864.
A COMMISSARY TRAIN AMONG THE MOUNTAINS.--[DRAWN BY