Over the Seas for Uncle Sam
During training and testing exercises, torpedoes—like the one being recovered here—were filled with water rather than explosives. After firing, the water is released and the torpedo floats to the surface for easy retrieval.
Drawn from the Museum & Library's rare book collection, this special display is part of SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice—providing a unique glimpse into the history of the U.S. Navy. Featuring authentic texts and compelling illustrations dating to the Navy's beginnings in the late 18th century, these rare books and documents trace the evolution of naval warfare from an era of masts, sails, and pirates to the advent of steam-powered ironclads, and from the UDT Divers of WWII to the Navy SEALs of today.
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