03-05-21 It's Gonna Blow!

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1. Who am I ? Thomas Edgeworth Courtenay

2. What was the explosive device ? The Coal Torpedo (aka Coal Bomb); an explosive device disguised as a lump of coal. The coal bombs would be planted in the coal piles used to fuel Union steamships and locomotives by a team of operatives working behind enemy lines. When a coal bomb was shovelled into the firebox , it would explode, resulting in the explosion of the pressurized steam boiler and the destruction of the vessel or locomotive.

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