Shown here is a General Electric
|Mk 18 torpedo warhead|
Measured as fifty percent more powerful than the traditional TNT explosive, British scientists discovered the TORPEX formula and then shared it with the United States. American ordnance experts conducted only a few safety tests on TORPEX, due to the pressure to get the explosive into the hands of war fighters as soon as possible. By mid-1943, the facility was producing over 2,000,000 pounds of TORPEX per month. Safety officers had initially indicated that a rate of 500,000 pounds/month was the acceptable limit. Unfortunately, the Depot experienced a major accident involving TORPEX. Read about the incident here. A very good discussion on American naval torpedoes can be found at one of our sister museum's, the Undersea Warfare Museum, website here.
|Mark 14 Torpedo and all its moving parts|