This is a colorized photograph taken from a glass slide of the US Navy firing a test torpedo from a ship's deck. Torpedos had become a part of Naval Warfare with the US Civil War. The self-propelled torpedo became a reality immediately after the war and was credited to the British. With the advent of WWII, the Japanese took torpedos to a new art by dropping them from planes into the shallow harbors of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. At that point, the US Navy had thought the water at Pearl Harbor was too shallow for a torpedo attack. The US was quick to react and had mastered torpedo warfare with ships, airplanes, and submarines early in the war with a deadly impact to the Axis.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.