Biographical entry Ellicott, John Morris (1859 - 1955)



John Morris Ellicott (1859-1955) was a US Navy career officer and author. Ellicott is best remembered for his article 'Automobile Torpedoes, Automobile Torpedoes, the Whitehead and Howell with a detailed description of each' appearing in the Annual of U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence and later reproduced in Engineering and The Engineer. He also wrote 'The Life Of John Ancrum Winslow, Rear-Admiral, United States Navy: Who Commanded The U.S. Steamer Kearsarge In Her Action With The Confederate Cruiser Alabama', (1901), at least two one act plays and a number of reports on the Spanish-American War for the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence.

Published resources


  • Gray, Edwyn, Nineteenth Century Torpedoes and Their Inventors, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2004. Details

Journal Articles

  • Ellicott, J. M., 'Automatic Torpedoes Automobile Torpedoes, the Whitehead and Howell with a Detailed Description of each', Engineering, vol. 50, November-December 1890. Details
  • John M. Ellicott, 'The Whitehead torpedo', The Engineer, vol. 72, 1891. Details

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