The more things change
Loading a torpedo in an early U.S. submarine, 1900s. Note monitor in the background:
A submarine crewman guiding a torpedo through the loading hatch on USS Adder (Submarine Torpedo Boat No. 3), Cavite Navy Yard, Philippines. 1912:
“Loading Submarine Torpedoes. Three men guide the torpedo as it is lowered to the deck of the submarine at New London, Connecticut, circa 1943”:
Speaking of which, I for one am really tickled that the Torpedoman’s Mate rate is back. Check out the below on them just put out by Big Navy. These days, they also fill the role of a GMG in the surface Navy, which makes sense.