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|When David Farragut stormed Mobile Bay he is famous for having yelled, "Damn the torpedoes; full speed ahead!"
My question is this...what kind of torpedo did he mean? What was the state of the art in torpedo warfare in the Civil War? Could ships actually shoot a torpedo underwater with accurate aim then or was the torpedo at that time something very different from what we think of in "Victory at Sea" World War Two naval battle scenes or tense submarine movies such as "Hunt for Red October"?