The Civilian Genesis of the American Torpedo Boat
The Civilian Genesis of the American Torpedo Boat
10 November 2012 - 07:00 PM - - 09:00 PM
Apalachicola Maritime Museum - Apalachicola


Dr. Edward Wiser will discuss the infusion of civilian small craft expertise into the arena of national defense, tracing the history from the American Revolution through its ultimate incarnation of the motor torpedo boat of World War Two.  His research on the evolution of small combatant craft in the United States Navy shows that the most successful of these boats have consistently come from the civilian sector.  From Vietnam to modern day counter-terror and drug interception operations, rugged, efficient boats for security, patrol, and combat are still an essential factor in law enforcement, homeland defense, and power projection.  Dr.  Wiser is a licensed merchant marine deck officer (500 gt), former artillery officer,  ABYC certified marine technician, and published author, with a Ph.D. in history from Florida State University.  He has over three decades of experience operating and maintaining a variety of small craft on the coastal waters of the Atlantic and Gulf and throughout the Bahamas, Antilles, and Central America. Dr. Wiser is an adjunct professor of strategy and policy for the Naval War College.

 $5 includes low country boil following the lecture.


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