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The Lay Torpedo
The Engineer
vol. 49, 2 April 1880, pp. 243-244

Accession No.2627


A detailed description and illustrations of the Lay Torpedo invented by the American engineer John Louis Lay who described it thus "The invention is designed to provide the means whereby a torpedo boat [torpedo] may be propelled by the machinery contained therein, and at the same time may be kept fully under the control or management of an operator or staff of operators at a station on land or on board a ship or other vessel or structure. After being launched from such station, vessel, or structure the torpedo boat [torpedo] may be kept under observation and accurately guided or directed to an ironclad ship or other object of attack, and may be fired or discharged at any desired moment, or may be caused to return to its station without being fired."