This Day in Naval History - Oct. 05

Friday, October 05, 2007
1863 - Confederate steamer David seriously damages USS New Ironsides with a spar torpedo off Charleston, S.C.

1913 - OWL (Over Water Land Type), the Navy's first amphibian flying boat, is tested at Hammondsport, N.Y.

1957 - Minitrack, a satellite tracking net developed by the Naval Research Laboratory, becomes operational. This network, with stations from Maine to Chile, tracked the Vangard satellite.

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