Torpedo Gun on the Maine
(Photograph by E. H. Hart)

"The Maine carried four torpedo tubes, or what are sometimes spoken of as torpedo guns. The explosive with which a torpedo is charged is fired in one of three distinct ways, by contact, by concussion, or by electricity. Nearly every year the torpedo is being made more deadly, and, with very few exceptions, all the United States battleships carry from one to six tubes." - Johnston

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