Torpedo Factory Alexandria Virginia

MARK XIV SUBMARINE TORPEDO
This Mark XIV (model 3A) submarine torpedo, serial number 64220, is one of the 9920 torpedoes manufactured at the Alexandria Naval Torpedo Station between 1939 and 1946. This torpedo, 21 feet long and 21 inches in diameter, once housed a quarter ton of explosives and had a range of 4500 yards at 46 knots. Developed between 1931 and 1933, the Mark XIV was faster and had a greater range than earlier models. The torpedo's bright green color enabled easy sighting and
recovery during its test runs. The City of Alexandria gratefully acknowledges the support of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association in facilitating the restoration of the torpedo and its return to the Torpedo Factory Art Center in 1983.
Photographs from the collection cf George L Oant, courtesy of the Naval-Historical Center.
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