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Torpedo station
Title : Torpedo station Torpedo station
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Source : South Australian register, 28 February 1891, p. 7, col. a
Place Of Creation : Adelaide, S. Aust.
Publisher : Robert Thomas and Co.
Date of creation : 1891
Format : Newspaper
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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The crew of HMCS Protector have been improving the torpedo station at the North Arm of the Port River. Sited on reclaimed land there is a problem with rising water. The article gives details of the stores at the station which include many for the Protector. During the 1880s a temporary torpedo station was erected at the North Arm of the Port River. This was later replaced with a more substantial building of galvanised iron 110 feet long. It was extended several times by the crew of HMCS Protector.

It was intended that the torpedo station would be able to protect Port Adelaide by extending a boom across the river in the event of war. Torpedoes and mines were acquired but never used and were eventually declared obsolete. The necessary torpedo boat was not acquired until 1905. Its slipway had been built long before. The Port Adelaide torpedo station was eventually closed in 1922.

Related names :

Protector (Ship)

Coverage year : 1891
Period : 1884-1913
Place : Port Adelaide
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Pennock, Robin. A warship for South Australia Blackwood, S.A. R. Pennock, 2000

Parsons, Ronald. The Navy in South Australia Lobethal, S.A.: R.H. Parsons, 1974

Wimmer, Martin Andrew Archaeology of the Russian scare : the Port Adelaide torpedo station [Bedford Park, S. Aust.] : Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, 2008

Baldwin, B. S. Torpedo Station - Port River 1965 [References on the Naval Depot and Torpedo Station, the storage of the Whitehead torpedoes and the defence of the Port Adelaide River during the Russian war scare of the 1890's]

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