Honoring the von Trapp
and Whitehead Heritage
© 2015-2019 Stichting Georg & Agathe Foundation. All rights reserved.
Whitehead Torpedo Archive
Ways You Can Help
We welcome collaboration with sponsors and partners!
Photo: Torpedo launch, late 1800s, Fiume, Austro-Hungarian Empire, today Riejka, Croatia
FREE: Updates and history trivia
What's In Your Attic?
Tell Your Friends!
PRO TORPEDO Rijeka
PRO TORPEDO Rijeka is a Croatian nonprofit that works to preserve the city of Rijeka's industrial heritage, as well as to create connections between international networks of researchers and history enthusiasts.
To learn more, visit: www.protorpedo-rijeka.hr
Dutch Foundation for Industrial Culture
The Dutch Foundation for Industrial Culture is a Dutch nonprofit that works to promote and preserve industrial heritage and networks within Europe under the leadership of Hildebrand de Boer.
Collecting, preserving, and educating on the life and times of Baron Robert Whitehead and his hope to bring about a lasting peace.
Robert was born in 1823 in Bolton, England. He studied engineering and later with his wife moved to Europe to pursue work opportunities. His adventure took him to settle on the coast of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Assisted by his son John, Robert invented the torpedo in 1866 and established the world's first torpedo factory. In the hopes of creating a mutual world detente with the sale of his torpedos, the family's aim was to help towards global peace, a view held by many at that time.
Robert was recognized for his achievements by many nations and his tombstone reads, "...His fame in all nations round about."
Spread Some Goodness!
Collecting and preserving materials related to the invention of the torpedo