Monday, August 27, 2007
The American wooden torpedo boat Stiletto
The Stiletto was a fast wooden launch, built by Herreschoff Mfg. Co. at Bristol, Rhode Island in 1885. The little Stiletto displaced 31 tons and had dimensions of 88ft-6in x 11ft x 3ft. The engine provided 359 HP, enough to reach a nominal 18.22 knots. The Stiletto had a raised forecastle (just about 3ft) and a single funnel. The wheel was situated on the deck at the end of the forecastle. The forecastle was narrow and did not go the full width. There is a good photograph from 1886 that I will post, when I can take a photograph.