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Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Pearls Before Swine

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  1. F6F5Hellcat commented on Oyster War about 4 hours 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.

  2. F6F5Hellcat commented on U.S. Acres about 7 hours ago

    WAIT A MINUTE!!!!! CameronPB1988 posted the colorized version of what was up 17 hours ago. But what I’m seeing right now looks like a 1986 strip from shortly after Booker and Sheldon were introduced. And the June 10, 1986 strip at that.

  3. F6F5Hellcat commented on U.S. Acres about 24 hours ago

    Sadly this will be more chocolate. Because the person colorizing can’t do any other flavor.

  4. F6F5Hellcat commented on Pearls Before Swine 1 day ago

    Rat wouldn’t help Goat anyway. But since she’s what passes in the strip for an attractive woman, Rat wants her for himself and is going to derail Goat’s chances with her.

  5. F6F5Hellcat commented on Oyster War 1 day 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.

  6. F6F5Hellcat commented on Ink Pen 1 day ago

    Skit’s much better than the song.

  7. F6F5Hellcat commented on Oyster War 2 days 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.

  8. F6F5Hellcat commented on U.S. Acres 2 days ago

    Here comes more chocolate.

  9. F6F5Hellcat commented on Ink Pen 2 days ago

    Come, meditate with me. Ti Kwan Leep is the path to enlightenment. It is also about boots.

  10. F6F5Hellcat commented on Pearls Before Swine 2 days ago

    This sounds like my city. It’s exactly what the city planners here would do, especially if they got someone from overseas who said it was ore cost effective and would save the environment.