Oyster War by Ben Towle

Oyster War

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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, 8 months ago

    OTTO fuel was invented early?

  2. KeepKeeper

    KeepKeeper said, 8 months ago

    Torpedoes away

  3. F6F5Hellcat

    F6F5Hellcat said, 8 months ago

    The Alligator has been manned by the crew of the Layla. And Bulloch never leaves a disabled man behind, even if they are his enemy.

  4. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, 8 months ago

    Now we know what Chessie was reacting to.
    Time to hit the bomb shelter.

  5. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago


    That and Semtex.

  6. PoodleGroomer

    PoodleGroomer said, 8 months ago


    Hydrogen peroxide, catalyst, and pure ethanol. Torpedoes kept running out of fuel while in storage because crews were drinking torpedo juice. They also learned how to filter denatured fuel into drinkable ethanol with a loaf of bread.

  7. olddog1

    olddog1 said, 8 months ago

    Torpedo was the name given to mines (damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead) through the 19th century. About 1900, or a little before, they became self propelled. When is this set? I thought about 1870s.

  8. K M

    K M GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    And why target a rock, anyway? Or is that a failure of the guidance system, if, in fact, it had one?

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 7 months ago

    @K M

    It was targeted for the shore line to explode.

  10. renewed1

    renewed1 said, 7 months ago

    However it works, it looks pretty impressive.

  11. opus41

    opus41 said, 7 months ago

    @ K M
    Targeting something of substance is required – - – it’s a contact fuze; if it runs up on the sand, nothing happens. Gotta hit something hard to go off

  12. F6F5Hellcat

    F6F5Hellcat said, 7 months ago

    Robert Whitehead developed the first self-propelled torpedo in 1866. The strip is set late 1860s to sometime in the 1880s. Looking at the real Oyster Wars, as Bulloch and his crew appear to be the beginning of the Maryland Oyster Navy/Maryland State Oyster Police Force then it’s probably set 1868 at the earliest. Two years after the Whitehead torpedo was perfected. It used gun cotton in the warhead and compressed air to power the screws. Of course it wasn’t introduced to the US until 1892. But then this version of the Alligator has more in common with the SS-1 USS Holland so it is easier to forgive the use of a self-propelled torpedo since both are artistic talent rather than Mr. Towle telling us this is exactly how things were.

    A side note, Commander Davidson Bulloch is a former officer in the Confederate States Navy Submarine Battery Service. Lt. Commander Hunter Davidson was a graduate of the US Naval Academy and a Lt. Commander in the CSN. Davidson was the first commander of the Maryland State Oyster Police, appointed in 1868.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 7 months ago


    Note it hit that rock.

  14. bopard

    bopard said, 7 months ago

    @K M

    Irony at work here. A very small tink sets up a very big explosion for the gawkers that don’t know what it can do. Notice Bullock zagging while they should at least be zigging.

  15. F6F5Hellcat

    F6F5Hellcat said, 7 months ago


    Torpedo History Part 1 Historical Background 3/4


    All of the early torpedoes employed a mechanical impact warhead detonating mechanism. These devices used percussion caps to initiate the detonation of the explosive train, and, where used, the primers (boosters) were dry guncotton placed bare in the primer case (exploder cavity) prior to installation of the mechanism. The detonating mechanisms were called “war noses.”

    War Nose Mk 1 was designed and manufactured by the Whitehead Torpedo Works, Weymouth, England, prior to 1900. The war nose was mounted in the primer case (exploder cavity) in the forward end of the warhead, on the longitudinal centerline of the torpedo. A firing pin capable of longitudinal motion within the body of the war nose was held in place away from the percussion cap by a shear pin made of tin. Upon impact with the target, the shear pin would be cut and the firing pin would impact the percussion cap initiating detonation of the explosive train.

    To prevent accidental detonation during handling, war nose installation, tube loading, etc., the war nose had a mechanical arming feature. A screw fan (propeller) located on the forward end of the war nose (figure 13), had to be rotated about 20 revolutions (equivalent to about 70 yards of torpedo travel through the water) before the firing pin was free to move and impact the percussion cap.

    Figure 13. War Nose Mk 1


    War Nose Mk 1 weighed about 2-1/2 pounds, was 6 inches long and 2-1/2 inches in diameter. A very simple device, the war nose was sensitive only when impact with the target was directly on the war nose along the torpedo longitudinal axis.

    The nose of the torpedo is clearly against the rock which would place the war nose in direct contact.

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