Photograph of USS Stiletto 1885, First Wooden Torpedo Boat.


She was the first U.S. Navy Torpedo Boat.

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Photograph of USS Stiletto, a wooden torpedo boat was first launched in Bristol, R.I. privately, then purchased by the US Navy in 1887, and attached to Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island. She was the first Navy torpedo boat. Sold in 1911 after disappointing sea trials.

Image show the Stiletto in Navy configuration, flying her 13 star boat flag aft, with an American battleship in the background.

Image quality is very good, some damage to corners, but overall a great image and scarce view.

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