MYSTERIES OF THE SEA
By James Morris Morgan
In reading the following official report of the captain of the U. S. S. Victoria, one of the blockading fleet off Wilmington, N. C, in 1864, it must be remembered that it is dated many years before the mechanical torpedo or the (from) 18- to 40-knot torpedo boat was invented. It is quite a good description of the maneuvers of a Whitehead torpedo or modern torpedo boat might be, but at the time it was written the Confederates did not have a steam launch, such as they used for torpedo boats, which could possibly make over seven knots an hour and the question naturally arises: "What was it that Captain Keyser and the crew on the U. S. S. Victoria saw? The Confederates never attempted a torpedo attack at Wilmington as they had no torpedo-boat or launch there.
Off Western Bar, North Carolina,