Anonymous

1925

Cyanotype Heath Robinson contraption goat-powered torpedo

MARK XVII MODEL XIV 1925 WEEPING GOAT TYPE TORPEDO

DESCRIPTION: You will likely never see another one of these. From the Roaring Twenties- a cyanotype (blueprint) Heath Robinson style contraption- a goat-powered torpedo. The satirical proposed device shows advanced knowledge of torpedo design and function. (e.g. bulkheads).

Early Newport, RI colonists used Goat Island as a goat pasture. In 1925 the U.S. Navy operated a torpedo manufacturing, development and testing station on Goat Island.
The anonymous author explained: "The torpedo is made in three sections, the head, the midship section and after body. The drawing shows the mechanism at rest. The operation is as follows: When the torpedo is fired from the tube the trigger comes in contact with a lug which causes the trigger arm to displace the cobble with falls on the Bermuda onion and crushes it. The onion gases thus released cause the goat to weep copiously. The tears are caught in the funnel on the top of the sal-ammoniac pin. These tears dissolve the sal-ammoniac pin. Thereby releasing the spring rod and prodder. This unit moves smartly forward, engaging the port quarter of the goat, thereupon the goat steps out and operates the asbestos tread mill, which is connected to the gear train that operates the propellers. A gaff and boom rig operated by the gear train, operates a spur gear which revolves rapidly on the goats back guaranteeing the continuance of the motion started by the goat prodder, the derby on the goat prevents him from catching cold while the torpedo is in the tube. It is obvious that if he should catch cold he would be rendered useless as an onion weeper. The hat also serves as a cut-off in the following manner; after a certain speed has been attained the goat has a desire to take off his hat and be comfortable, so he therefore tosses it to the rear where it falls in the gear train and jams it. Any torpedo expert will explain this to you if the above elucidation is not perfectly clear.

CREATOR: Anonymous

PUBLICATION DATE: 1925

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Good.  Pinholes in corners suggest a long life on a wall or cork board. Grubby but solid and all present. Old closed tear from verso above the "gear train". Reinforcement at the fold from verso.

COLORING: Cyan

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 7 " x 10 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 62

PRICE: $650


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