Duplicated Mine display Room

The Mine Display Room (MDR) is a unique place where a large collection of sea mines is displayed, including the oldest remaining mine dating from 1863 up to recently designed mines.

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For instruction purposes some mines are opened up to visualize the sensors and mechanisms.

A lot of countries are represented in that field as for instance… France, Germany, UK, USA, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Japan…

The oldest mine in the room: The Barrel Torpedo

 

oldest mine

This “Torpedo” is legacy of the American Civil War, a period when the word mine didn’t exist. During this war the Confederates (the South’s states) used a lot of torpedoes against the North’s Navy; the Federates didn’t want to use this weapon because they found it unfair.

The Barrel torpedo was a watertight keg filled with gunpowder and fired by a percussion lock when it stucked a ship. The wooden cones stabilize the keg horizontally; to prevent rhe rolling due to the waves, a weight hangs on a rope under the keg.

The kegs used were originally those which served for the importation of the Scotch whisky or the Porto wines.