Glossary Term Torpedo ram
A torpedo ram is a low-sailing boat equipped with torpedo tubes as well as a ram device, as a second line of defence.
HMS Polyphemus is one of the earliest examples of a torpedo ram fitted out to carry self-propelled torpedoes. Before the self-propelled torpedo had been perfected and manufactured, torpedo rams were mounted with spar torpedoes.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'The Polyphemus', Engineering, vol. 28, 1 August 1879, p. 87.
Prepared by: Rebecca Rigby