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Navy Bureau of Ordnance developed the Mark 6 (Mk 6) antenna mine, a relatively cheap, mass-produced mine that proved effective against submarines. These mines required contact between the steel hull of a ship and a copper wire antenna attached to and extending from the mine. Such contact generated an electrical current that fired the mine. Once the mine was developed, a combined British and American mine force in England revived earlier plans for a layered mine barrier across the North Sea. S. Navy ordnance specialists began their first offensive mine campaign.
Breese, Porter’s former fleet captain, took command of the Torpedo Station in the late 1870s and dedicated most of his first year to countermeasures research and application, particularly in the use of electric lighting, mine clearance, and countermining, which was designed to ease passage in mined harbors. With Breese’s interest and the application of countermining, which caught the interest of ordnance specialists, countermeasures advanced within the school’s curriculum. Captain F. M. ”36 Captain Thomas 0.
The admiral and his ship were lost to two mines, and a second battleship was heavily damaged. The Russian minelayer Amur retaliated by mining the waters outside the harbor, which resulted in the loss of two first-class Japanese battleships and nearly changed the naval balance in Russia’s favor. An astonished western world watched as minelaying and minesweeping 25 “Damn the Topedoes” vessels battled each other for control of the sea off Port Arthur. The Japanese, moving in to beseige the port, were forced to begin minesweeping operations to protect their ships.
Damn the torpedoes: a short history of U.S. naval mine countermeasures, 1777-1991 by Tamara Moser Melia