A Confederate "floating torpedo," a device which would now be known as a sea mine. These weapons usually consisted of a metal cylinder with a powder charge and buoyancy chamber. The charge could be detonated by means of a spring mechanism connected to a trigge wire floating on the surface, although more sophisticated designs were se off with electrical or chemica detonators. Some of the earlier devices were electrically detonatec from the shore, using galvanic batteries They were attached by a cable to an anchor, which meant that when laid in tidal waters the depth of water between the "torpedo" and the surface (or, more importantly, the bottom of a passing ship) could vary widely.
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