Giovanni Luppis


Giovanni Luppis

Giovanni Biagio Luppis von Rammer (Croatian "Ivan Lupis") (August 27, 1813 – January 11, 1875) was an officer of the Austrian Navy, born in Fiume/Rijeka (today in Croatia), who had the idea of the first self-propelled torpedo.

Early years

. Then he married a noblewoman of Fiume/Rijeka, the Baroness Elisa de Zotty.
He served in the Venezianisch-Österreichische Kriegsmarine (after 1849 K.u.K Kriegsmarine [http://www.geocities.com/kukmarine/offiziere.html] ) and rose up the ranks to the position of "Frigate Captain" ("Fregattenkapitan"). In 1848/1849 he was an officer on the ships that blocked VeniceFacts|date=February 2007.

The "Salvacoste" (Coastsaver)

About the middle in the nineteenth century, an officer of the Austrian Marine Artillery conceived the idea of employing a small boat carrying a large charge of explosives, powered by a steam or an air engine and remotely steered by cable to be used against enemy ships. Upon his death, before he had perfected his invention or made it public, the papers of this anonymous officer came into the possession of Capt. Giovanni Luppis. [ [https://www.keyportmuseum.cnrnw.navy.mil/html/part1.htm] Naval Undersea Museum]
He envisioned a floating device for destroying ships that would be unmanned and controlled from land, while the explosive charges would detonate at the moment of impact. His first prototype was one metre long, had glass wings, and was controlled via long ropes from the coast. It didn't succeed due to primitive implementation.
The second model was built with a clock mechanism as the engine for the propeller. The explosives were in the stern and were ignited through a pistol-like control, which in turn was activated through the bow, the sides or the mast. It had two rudders: one turned to the right, the other to the left, that were moved by ropes/wires from land. After numerous experiments, this design, marked '6 m', finally performed well enough. He nicknamed it 'Salvacoste', Italian for "Coastsaver" [ [http://www.torpedo150rijeka.org/I-konferencija/povijest.asp?lang=en 1st international Conference on the occasion of 150th anniversary of torpedo factory in Rijeka and preservation of industrial heritage] ] .
In 1860, after Luppis had retired from the Navy, he managed to demonstrate the '6 m' design to the emperor Franz Joseph, and it was a success, but the naval commission refused to accept it without better propulsion and control systems.

The meeting with Robert Whitehead

In 1864 Fiume/Rijeka mayor Giovanni de Ciotta introduced Luppis to the British machine engineer Robert Whitehead, manager of the local factory 'Stabilimento Tecnico Fiumano', with whom he signed a contract to develop the 'salvacoste' further.

Whitehead built a model but decided that the idea was not viable. He did however start to think about the problem of setting off explosive charges remotely below a ship's waterline, this being far more effective than above-water bombardment. Whitehead made a device running under water and installed an engine running on compressed air, as well as automatic guidances for the depth and direction.
Whitehead had significantly altered the original design, but always credited Lupis with the invention.
On December 21, 1866 the first automobile torpedo, now named "Minenschiff", was officially demonstrated in front of the Austro-Hungarian state commission for evaluation. This model was 355mm in diameter and 3.35m in length, weighing 136 kg with 8 kg of explosives. The naval commission accepted it, and subsequently on March 6, 1867 the government contracted the inventors for a test production and agreed to pay all the production costs.

Whitehead retained the copyrights and even negotiated a new contract with Luppis which gave Whitehead full control of all future sales.

On May 27, 1867, the navy paid 200,000 forints in royalties to the inventor.The invention was generally regarded as a promising one, but in the first years of production there were not enough orders, so 'Stabilimento' went through a crisis and went bankrupt in 1873. R. Whitehead took it over and at the beginning of 1875 transformed it into a private company called 'Torpedo-Fabrik von Robert Whitehead'.
Giovanni Luppis was given the noble title of Baron von Rammer ('the sinker') on August 1, 1869. He died in Milan on January 11, 1875.

Further reading

* Gray, Edwin. "The Devil's Device: Robert Whitehead and the History of the Torpedo", Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991 310pp, ISBN 0-87021-245-1
* Wilson, H. W. "Ironclads in action;: A sketch of naval warfare from 1855 to 1895", London: Sampson Low, Marston and Company, 1895, Fourth Edition 1896 (Two Volumes), pre ISBN

References

External links

* [http://www.genmarenostrum.com/images/Famiglia%20Lupis%20Libro%20d'oro_Page_5.jpgGiovanni Luppis in the "Libro d'Oro della Nobiltà Italiana"]
* [http://www.lupis.it/rami%20vitali.htm#Le%20Linee%20di%20Dalmazia%20e%20Fiume History of the de Lupis Family] (in Italian).
* [http://www.torpedo150rijeka.org/I-konferencija/povijest.asp?lang=en History of Rijeka torpedo factory]
* [http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~wykedh/rwbook/rwone.htm History of the Whithead Factory] (part one)
* [http://www.okeanos.it/storia/hds_armi.htm Evolution of the submarine weapons in XIX century] (in Italian)
* [http://www.hansonclan.co.uk/Royal%20Navy/rw.htm History of R. Whitehead] (site about Royal Navy)
* [http://www.btinternet.com/~philipr/torps.htm History of the torpedo: the early days] (Journal of the Royal Navy Scientific Service Vol 27 No 1)
* [https://www.keyportmuseum.cnrnw.navy.mil/html/part1.htm Torpedo History] (Naval Undersea Museum of U.S. Navy)


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Giovanni Luppis — Giovanni Biagio Luppis von Rammer (* 28. Januar 1813 in Fiume; † 11. Januar 1875 in Torriggia am Comer See, Lombardei) war ein Offizier und Ingenieur der österreichischen Marine und entwickelte den ersten propellerbetriebenen Torpedo. Leben… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Giovanni Biagio Luppis — (27 août 1813 11 janvier 1875) était un officier de la marine autrichienne, né à Fiume[1] qui le premier eut l idée d une torpille autopropulsée. Sommaire 1 Premières années 2 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ivan Lupis — Giovanni Biagio Luppis von Rammer (* 1813 in Fiume (Rijeka); † 1875 in Mailand) war ein italienischer Ingenieur der österreichischen Marine und entwickelte den ersten propellerbetriebenen Torpedo. Geboren wurde er in Rijeka (früher: Fiume), wo er …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ivan Lupis-Vukic — Giovanni Biagio Luppis von Rammer (* 1813 in Fiume (Rijeka); † 1875 in Mailand) war ein italienischer Ingenieur der österreichischen Marine und entwickelte den ersten propellerbetriebenen Torpedo. Geboren wurde er in Rijeka (früher: Fiume), wo er …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ivan Lupis-Vukić — Giovanni Biagio Luppis von Rammer (* 1813 in Fiume (Rijeka); † 1875 in Mailand) war ein italienischer Ingenieur der österreichischen Marine und entwickelte den ersten propellerbetriebenen Torpedo. Geboren wurde er in Rijeka (früher: Fiume), wo er …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Torpedo boat — A torpedo boat is a relatively small and fast naval ship designed to carry torpedoes into battle. The first designs rammed enemy ships with explosive spar torpedoes, and later designs launched self propelled Whitehead torpedoes. They were created …   Wikipedia

  • Buque torpedero — Para otros usos de este término, véase Torpedero. Un buque torpedero es un buque relativamente pequeño y rápido diseñado para portar y lanzar torpedos durante un combate naval. Los primeros diseños, consistían en los torpedos unidos al buque… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Liste der Erfinder — Dies ist eine Liste von Erfindern, die die Welt mit ihren Erfindungen bereichert haben. Ein Erfinder ist jemand, der ein Problem erkannt hat, es gelöst und mindestens einmal damit Erfolg gehabt hat. Er muss nicht der erste gewesen sein; eine… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lufttorpedo — Torpedo in einem U Boot vor dem Einführen in das Torpedorohr Der moderne Torpedo ist eine Unterwasserwaffe mit eigenem Antrieb und einer Sprengladung. Er zündet bei Kontakt oder bei Annäherung an ein Ziel. Der Torpedo ist vor allem als Hauptwaffe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Robert Whitehead (Ingenieur) — Robert Whitehead …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.