It’s a Blast
It’s a Blast
This chapter deals with the concept of underwater detonation. In August 1939, the first underwater detonation was carried out in the sunken ship Royal George with the help of a good quantity of gunpowder in a waterproof box connected to an electric fuse. A thin platinum wire was also connected to a paper cartridge packed with explosive powder. When this circuit was connected to a battery, the platinum wire got over-heated and led to a powerful explosion. This breakthrough provided the germ of the idea for the concept of underwater electric submarines that would be used for defence purposes, the development of submarine weapon building in America, and Samuel Colt’s invention of the submarine battery, a device that could blast even an entire fleet of enemy vessels in water.
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