Mine Barrage Used in Revolutionary War

American, David Bushnell invented a mine barrage consisting of floating kegs containing explosives, equipped with a gunlock and hammer that would ignite ships upon contact. During the American Revolutionary War, in August 1777 a series of attached mines in Black Point Bay, near New London, CT, USA. Members of the crew of the British frigate Cerberus, commanded by Captain J. Symons noticed a rope alongside the ship. not realizing a mine was attached to the end. They hoisted the mine on board which exploded, killing three crew members and blowing a fourth into the water.

      August, 1777
      David Bushnell
      New London, CT, USA

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