Ivan Lupis Vukić

1813-1875

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.