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The Times
20 April 1882, p. 5

Accession No.1025


The Commission appointed to examine General Berdan's torpedoes recommended the adoption of them for an extensive system of naval defence. The Berdan torpedo seemed to the Commission to be the most powerful and efficient instrument of naval warfare having a far greater velocity, greater explosive power, and less liability to deflection than the Whitehead torpedo. A couple of bombproof stations furnished with 50 torpedoes at the Dardanelles would have effectively prevented the passage of any hostile fleet from the Mediterranean, while a couple of similar stations at the entrance of the Bosphorus would have prevented the passage of any warships coming from the Black Sea. The Straits would have thus been completely protected, even without the existing series of fortifications along the shores.