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Elia Mine Sketch

Drawing of an Elia mine
Title: Elia Mine Sketch
Caption: Sketch included in Giovanni Elia's patent application for his lever-type mine.
Description: This sketch by Giovanni Elia shows how his mines functioned. The mines were placed along the bottom of the sea (preventing them from detonating on shallow-draft surface craft), and a triggering mechanism on the bottom would be detonated when the mine was bumped. A cable connected the mine to the detonator.
Catalog #: NH 6463
Original Location: U.S. Patent US1296376 A
Original Creator: Giovanni Elia
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