Lecture delivered before the U. S. Naval War College, Newport, R. I.
(A) IN LARGE SHIPS. (B) IN TORPEDO VESSELS. (C) IN SUBMARINES.
It is proposed to treat this subject under the following subheads:
1. The torpedo itself as a mechanical device. What it can do if properly handled, and what it actually has done in the past, in war and in exercise. The various kinds we now have in service.
2. Method of mounting the firing apparatus on board the different classes of vessels.
3. Method of operating and probable results to be obtained from the use of the torpedo.
4. Argument for the retention of the submerged tube on board large ships.
5. Maneuvers that should be undertaken to determine in time of peace the probable effectiveness of the torpedo in time of war, both preliminary, for the establishment of the rules of the game, and in the game itself.
6. Devices and methods that would be used by an active flotilla operating against an enemy.
7. The use of the torpedo as a defense of a harbor not suitable for mining operations, and the special value of submarine boats for the same purpose.