Roberts Petroleum Torpedo Company 1865 stock
This is a spectacular stock from the Roberts Petroleum Torpedo
Company. Issued 1865, uncancelled, good condition (a couple of
minor small holes). A very scarce certificate from an extremely
important company. Two vignettes: an oil well and a
‘torpedo’ exploding at depth in a well.
The Roberts torpedo had a dramatic impact in increasing oil
production in 1865 and thereafter. Oil wells would become clogged
with paraffin soon after beginning production and Col. E.A.L.
Roberts had the idea to explode a naval torpedo at the bottom of
the well in order to fracture the rock and clean out debris. It
proved very successful.
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