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How was the Russian Infernal Machine designed to detonate?

And how do modern minesweepers find and diffuse sea mines today

Hidden away in the storerooms of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich lie mementos of Britain’s battles at sea. One of the earliest – and most unusual - of these is the Russian Infernal Machine, a sea mine used during the Crimean War to keep British ships at bay. Sea mines present such a danger that there are entire fleets devoted to finding and diffusing them today.

How was the Russian Infernal Machine designed to detonate?  And how do modern minesweepers find and diffuse sea mines today?

 

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