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Bliss-Leavitt Mark 3 torpedo

The Bliss-Leavitt Mark 3 torpedo was a Bliss-Leavitt torpedo adopted by the United States Navy in 1906 for use in an anti-surface ship role.[1]

Bliss-Leavitt Mark 3 torpedo
TypeAnti-surface ship torpedo[1]
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In service1906–1922[1]
Used by United States Navy
Production history
DesignerFrank McDowell Leavitt
Designed1906[1]
ManufacturerE. W. Bliss Company
No. built208[2]
Specifications
Weightapproximately 1500 pounds[1]
Length197 inches (5.0 meters)[1]
Diameter21 inches (53.34 centimeters)[1]

Effective firing range4000 yards[1]
Warheadwet guncotton[1]
Warhead weightapproximately 200 pounds[1]
Detonation
mechanism
War Nose Mk 5 contact exploder[1]

EngineContra-rotating turbine[1]
Speed26 knots[1]
Guidance
system
gyroscope[1]
Launch
platform
battleships, torpedo boats and cruisers[1]

CharacteristicsEdit

The Bliss-Leavitt Mark 3 was very similar to the Bliss-Leavitt Mark 2 torpedo. The primary difference was a longer range of 4000 yards. Approximately 200 Mark 3s were produced for the US Navy.

The Bliss-Leavitt Mark 3 was launched from battleships, torpedo boats and cruisers.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Torpedo History: Bliss-Leavitt Torpedo Mk3". Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  2. ^ "United States of America Torpedoes Pre-World War II". Retrieved 24 June 2013.