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Sea mine


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Collection Ordnance, Weapons
User collections Curiosities by aoleary
maxinthebox maritime by maxinthebox
Gallery locationSea Things Gallery (Floor plans)

Object details:

Object ID KTP1307
Description Russian Infernal Machine which is a type of early sea mine. It consists of an iron cone filled with gunpowder that was designed to explode when struck by a ship. This example is painted with the Russian Imperial Eagle and INFERNAL MACHINE BALTIC 1855. Infernal machines were used by the Russians during the Crimean War 1854-56 and were sometimes treated in a somewhat cavalier fashion by British naval officers. The 'Illustrated London News' in 1855 reported that one was examined by Admiral Seymour on HMS EXMOUTH who 'incautiously tapping a little bit of iron projecting from its side said "This must be the way they are exploded" when bang! the thing went off.' The Admiral was temporarily blinded and several of his officers had their whiskers burnt off.
Date made circa 1855

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Russia
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials metal: iron
Measurements Diameter: 420 mm x 4.1 kg;Overall: 580 mm
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