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The Herreshoff torpedo boats
vol. 31, 11 March 1881, pp. 261-262

Accession No.838


The Herreshoff Engineering Company, of Bristol, Rhode Island, U.S.A., appeared to be making steady progress with their system of boat construction that had attracted so much attention in 1879. At the close of 1880 they had built a 60-foot long second-class torpedo boat fitted with a compound surface condensing engines with cylinders 8 inches by 14 inches by 9-inch stroke, with steam supplied at 140 pounds per square inch, that had achieved a speed of 19.87 knots at trial, for an unnamed Continental Government. The Herreshoff Company was also building four boats to be taken to England, two of these were for the British Admiralty, they had also received an order for five boats of differing sizes from the United States Government, who had apparently taken a liking to Herreshoff's system.