Published Resources Details Letters Patent

Leon, K. O.
Torpedo and other submarine apparatus
United States Patent Office, 5596

Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 1,137,222. Application filed February 11 1908.

Accession No.1467


"The main object of the invention is to provide a torpedo adapted to automatically steer, without any control, towards the object to be destroyed, and to change its course according to the movement of the said object. A torpedo constructed according to this invention is especially adapted to detect submarine boats or other hostile vessels and to automatically steer toward same, whatever be the original course of the torpedo… The invention consists, chiefly, in so placing, on the torpedo, suitably at its fore end, a number of microphones, telephone receivers or other receivers sensible to vibrations of the water, such as vibration of sound or the like, that said receivers are adapted to be actuated by vibrations issuing from the object to be destroyed…"

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