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NOBLE Explosion Vessel No details.
  • 1804.
    Employed against French shipping off Boulogne on the night of 02/3 October 1804.
    Under the command of Lieut. TUCKER of EURYALUS she proceeded to the eastward of the French line and allowed the ebb tide to take her down on to them.
    Lieut. TUCKER armed two torpedoes and prepared to drop them ahead of a brig.
    One of the casks fell inboard and by the time he sorted things out the moment had passed so he was uncertain were they and the boat would explode when he abandoned the latter.
    (The 'torpedo', 'cask' or 'carcass' was a barrel filled with gunpowder and exploded by a clockwork mechanism)

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