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Author Topic: Victorian Strangeness: The man who fired a torpedo down a High Street  (Read 1024 times)
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« on: May 17, 2014, 02:04:17 pm »



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Author Jeremy Clay tells the tale of a 19th Century election rally and the drunken inventor who fired a torpedo down his own High Street.

The man they came to know as "Wild" Cunningham gazed ruefully down the main street of his home town at a scene of devastation. Wrecked buildings. A flattened shop. Debris littered all around. And a smoke trail, like an accusing finger, leading right back to where he stood.

Perhaps, on reflection, he had gone too far.

Patrick Cunningham was an inventor who had built a torpedo for the US Navy. It was 17ft long, and packed with enough explosive to do serious damage to a ship. Or, as it turned out, a High Street.



Link : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-27440191
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2014, 02:15:10 pm »

That sounds like one of those things which seemed like a great idea at the time, but not in retrospect. We've all been there, I think, although this is far more spectacular than the norm.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2014, 10:11:44 pm »

I suspect we all feel like that some days

 luckily torpedos are not easy to access or make at home in the kitchen
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2014, 11:35:17 pm »

I suspect we all feel like that some days

 luckily torpedos are not easy to access or make at home in the kitchen

Oooh I don't know. A couple of pieces of steel tube, a cone a bit of gunpowder and some mercury fulminate, along with some meths.....
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2014, 04:02:11 am »

I think she said that to throw the 'others' off. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2014, 12:32:14 am »

I think she said that to throw the 'others' off. Wink

 There are a vast array of  highly effective  incendiary device  making materials  handy to the housewife in her kitchen cupboards 

  - but you didn't hear that from me
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2014, 12:56:33 am »

Who said that?!
 Lips sealed
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2014, 10:38:52 pm »

It wasn't me!

What?

No! This isn't a torpedo, it's, it's a coffeemaker! Yes, that's right!
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