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Lecture: Torpedo Boats in the New Steel Navy

February 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Torpedo Boats in the New Steel Navy, presented by Rob Doane

From 1875 to 1897, the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. designed and produced eight torpedo boats for the United States Navy. The Herreshoff brothers started their company just before the Navy underwent the most radical transformation in its history. The old wooden sailing ships of the Civil War-era Navy were set aside in favor of powerful coal-fired warships with steel hulls that carried an array of new weapons, including torpedoes. Why did the Navy want to build a special class of small, fast boats armed only with torpedoes, and how did it expect to use them? This presentation will seek to answer those questions while exploring how torpedo boats contributed to developments in naval strategy at the end of the nineteenth century.

Rob Doane is the Curator at the Naval War College Museum in Newport, RI. He grew up in Michigan and received a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan in 1998, followed by a M.A. in public history from Loyola University Chicago in 2003. After moving to Massachusetts, Rob began his career in museums starting as a historical interpreter at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston. He has served as a curatorial assistant at MIT’s Hart Nautical Collection, and as a curator at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, MD.

Reception begins at 6
Lecture begins at 7
Tickets are $10 for Members & $18 for Non-Members
Purchase tickets by phone at 401-253-5000


February 28, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame
1 Burnside St
Bristol, RI 02809-2003 United States
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