Ivan Lupis Vukić


In 1864 he constructed the first torpedo in Rijeka, where its production had started in 1866 in the Whitehead factory.

The first working prototype of the modern self-propelled torpedo was created by a commission placed by Ivan Lupis Vukic and Robert Whitehead, an English engineer who was the manager of a town factory. Plans of the salvacoste (coastsaver), a floating weapon driven by ropes from the land, and made a contract with him in order to perfect the invention.