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Staten Island in Richmond County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Torpedo Wharf

 
 
Torpedo Wharf wayside image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 11, 2008
1. Torpedo Wharf wayside
Inscription.  
The wharf ahead, first built about 1850, was where “torpedoes” (mines) were loaded onto mine laying vessels for placement in New York harbor beginning in the 1890s. Since the torpedoes were not permanently wired in place, they were transported on tracks to storage nearby until needed.

If this harbor became endangered, the torpedoes and cables would be returned to this wharf, loaded onto special vessel, and stretched across the Narrows. Once in place, they could be electrically exploded from within Battery Weed to the right. However, no enemy ships threatened New York during the Spanish-American War or World War I, and this defense system was never battle tested.

Gateway National Recreation Area
Fort Wadsworth
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts or Castles.
 
Location. 40° 36.372′ N, 74° 3.312′ W. Marker is in Staten Island, New York, in Richmond County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fort Wadsworth - Gateway National Park, New York NY 10003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
The Torpedo Wharf image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 11, 2008
2. The Torpedo Wharf
are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Catlin (within shouting distance of this marker); Torpedo Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery Weed (about 300 feet away); Fort Wadsworth (about 500 feet away); Defending New York Harbor (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Battery Weed (about 500 feet away); Fort Tompkins (about 500 feet away); Verrazano – Narrows Bridge (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staten Island.
 
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 11, 2008
3. Inset
“Map and photograph show the rail lines that connected the wharf to the Torpedo Building and Cable Tanks.”
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 11, 2008
4. Inset
“This photograph of the Torpedo Wharf was taken in 1896 from the North Cliff Battery – which was later reconstructed as Battery Catlin.”
The Torpedo Wharf and Battery Weed image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, February 12, 2006
5. The Torpedo Wharf and Battery Weed
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 10, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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