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Mark VIII Torpedo

 
 
Mark VIII Torpedo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 31, 2018
1. Mark VIII Torpedo Marker
Inscription.
Mark VIII 21 Inch Torpedo
This torpedo was designed for use by 'O' class submarines and motor torpedo boats. First entering service in 1927, they were extensively used during World War II, and were still in use until the mid-1980's. During the Falkland's conflict, three were used against the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano.

The torpedoes weighed 1500kg, and included a high explosive warhead weighing 450kg, which would detonate on contact. It travelled towards a target at a speed of 45 knots.

This torpedo could travel up to a maximum distance of 4500m, so from Portsmouth Harbour to Cosham, or an equivalent distance to 26 times the height of the Spinnaker Tower!

Gunwharf Quays
 
Location. 50° 47.675′ N, 1° 6.394′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, England, in Hampshire County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Route B2154 and Park Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the Gunwharf Quays mall. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth, England PO1 3TG, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. British MMK1 Mine (here, next to this marker); HMS Vernon Figurehead (within shouting distance of this marker); HMS Sirius
Mark VIII Torpedo image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 31, 2018
2. Mark VIII Torpedo
(within shouting distance of this marker); GPO K6 Telephone Box (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Customs House (within shouting distance of this marker); Noon Day Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); 12 Inch Shell (within shouting distance of this marker); HM Gunwharf, Portsmouth (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Gunwharf Keys. (Submitted on September 16, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Gunwharf Quays on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 16, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. MilitaryWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 16, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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