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Kaleun1961
08-29-2010, 02:34 PM
An inert torpedo was found at a Philadelphia construction site. The site is close to a former WW2 ship building yard.

Torpedo find (http://news.sympatico.ca/unusualnews/inert_torpedo_found_at_philadelphia_construction_s ite_near_long-gone_shipyard/59453c06)

MartiniMik
08-29-2010, 03:25 PM
What a great find! I loved this due to my really dry sense of humor...

"Police say no charges are expected." http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

bunkerratt
08-29-2010, 07:31 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gifcould this be part of the philadelphia experiment? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

AndyJWest
08-29-2010, 09:18 PM
An inert torpedo...
Huh? What's the problem? The occasional half-tonne souvenir left by the Luftwaffe turns up in London quite regularly, and farmers in parts of northern France and Belgium know the local bomb squad on first name terms as a result of WWI ordnance in their fields. Inert munitions are insignificant in this context, though no doubt it keeps the local media happy.

Incidentally, does anyone know how long an unexploded torpedo would remain capable of detonation? Were they designed to render themselves safe after a set period?

PhantomKira
08-30-2010, 01:17 AM
"Police say no charges are expected."

Hmmm... Is it legal for us to go back in the record books, find the owner of said long gone shipyard, and charge him with improper disposal of munitions and endangering the public? Yes, I know he's probably 90+ by now. Well, maybe we can charge his children. Someone must be held accountable!

Dunno, chief, I'll look it up right away, sir!

Welcome to society, 2010 style.

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Celeon999
08-30-2010, 02:32 AM
Originally posted by bunkerratt:
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gifcould this be part of the philadelphia experiment? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif


Near to a ship building yard. Well, in that case we have no need to be concerned.

Imagine they had found it in a cornfield in Iowa http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

THAT would be a job for ...

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Foehammer-1
08-30-2010, 07:36 AM
Originally posted by AndyJWest:

Incidentally, does anyone know how long an unexploded torpedo would remain capable of detonation? Were they designed to render themselves safe after a set period?

I doubt there would be such a precaution, it's war, after all, and no need to worry about the future and make the thing even more expensive by adding a safety mechanism.

I'd say that (not knowing the exact design of the thing) the firing mechanism has probably been rendered inoperable by time. Several decades of changing temperature have most likely loosened the joints in it, allowing salty mist to enter the warhead and corrode it, especially the firing pin.

I am most likely wrong on this, but something tells me that a 65-yearold munition wouldn't be the most reliable without proper storage

bunkerratt
08-30-2010, 08:06 AM
inert means that it's void of explosive meaning it's empty..

Kaleun1961
08-30-2010, 08:50 AM
Originally posted by AndyJWest:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">An inert torpedo...
Huh? What's the problem? The occasional half-tonne souvenir left by the Luftwaffe turns up in London quite regularly, and farmers in parts of northern France and Belgium know the local bomb squad on first name terms as a result of WWI ordnance in their fields. Inert munitions are insignificant in this context, though no doubt it keeps the local media happy.

Incidentally, does anyone know how long an unexploded torpedo would remain capable of detonation? Were they designed to render themselves safe after a set period? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's a big deal over here because it's such a rare find. Not having been attacked like European countries we have no legacy of unexploded ordnance laying in our fields or towns.

I saw film recently of the British navy taking surplus ammo out to sea and dumping it. Barge loads of .303 rounds were simply tipped overboard. It's enough to make a firearms enthusiast weep.

Celeon999
08-30-2010, 10:50 AM
Originally posted by Kaleun1961:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by AndyJWest:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">An inert torpedo...
Huh? What's the problem? The occasional half-tonne souvenir left by the Luftwaffe turns up in London quite regularly, and farmers in parts of northern France and Belgium know the local bomb squad on first name terms as a result of WWI ordnance in their fields. Inert munitions are insignificant in this context, though no doubt it keeps the local media happy.

Incidentally, does anyone know how long an unexploded torpedo would remain capable of detonation? Were they designed to render themselves safe after a set period? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's a big deal over here because it's such a rare find. Not having been attacked like European countries we have no legacy of unexploded ordnance laying in our fields or towns.

I saw film recently of the British navy taking surplus ammo out to sea and dumping it. Barge loads of .303 rounds were simply tipped overboard. It's enough to make a firearms enthusiast weep. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Yeah i can imagine that.

Well, over here we have this every few months and sometimes with much bigger crackers than what a torpedo offers. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Its not much of a big deal , more a traffic nuisance when they close the city autobahn or certain main streets for the disposal.

Its actually less exciting than it may seem. You've seen one bomb, you've seen them all. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Ive read they find and defuse around 1000 in Berlin alone every year. Most findings dont even make it into the news

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deep.sharks
08-30-2010, 10:51 AM
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">that was my torpedo, I had that lost in career 1945 </span> http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

PhantomKira
08-30-2010, 04:35 PM
At :31, is that the famous UniMog? Sure looks like it. What won't they find for that thing to do? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Celeon999
08-31-2010, 01:43 AM
Originally posted by PhantomKira:
At :31, is that the famous UniMog? Sure looks like it. What won't they find for that thing to do? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Yep http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif