By Patrick McSherry
The Forward Torpedo Room
OLYMPIA's crewmen work on a torpedo
We are now taking the visitor to areas of the OLYMPIA
are off limits, pending repairs and restoration. The first place we
visit is one level below the berth deck, on what was called the
deck." This is the forward torpedo room. It is located all of the way
past the chain lockers, the bread room and the brig.
All that remains of the OLYMPIA's six
torpedo tubes can seen in the forward torpedo room. Originally she had
a torpedo tube forward, one aft, and two to port and two to starboard.
However, the torpedo system used during the
American War was highly ineffective, with a range of less than 1000
and limited aiming ability. As a result, the torpedo tubes and their
were removed in the refit of the vessel completed in 1902.
The forward torpedo room, with the hatch
connected to the torpedo launching apparatus directly ahead. Another
exists directly forward of the hatch in the photo, in the ship's outer
hull at the bow.
In the forward torpedo room, the remains of the forward tube can
be seen. This tube can also be seen from the exterior, as a round
on OLYMPIA's bow.
It was in one of these torpedo rooms where the OLYMPIA's
ship newspaper, the Bounding Billow,
was produced for the reading pleasure of the ship's crew. The image
is a drawing of the printer's case laid out over the torpedo apparatus.
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