Submarine Navigation Past and Present, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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G. Richards, 1903 - Submarines (Ships)
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Page 215 - The rebels more's the pity, Without a boat are all afloat, And ranged before the city. " The motley crew, in vessels new, With Satan for their guide, sir, Pack'd up in bags, or wooden kegs, Come driving down the tide, sir. " Therefore prepare for bloody war, These kegs must all be routed, Or surely we despised shall be, And British courage doubted.
Page 219 - As a result of all these trials and experiments, the committee of investigation finally reported that in their opinion " any maritime nation failing to provide itself with submarine locomotive torpedoes would be neglecting a great source of power both for offence and defence.
Page 214 - The soldier flew, the sailor too, And scared almost to death, sir, Wore out their shoes, to spread the news, And ran till out of breath, sir.
Page 209 - In his return from the ship to New York he passed near Governor's Island, and thought he was discovered by the enemy on the island. Being in haste to avoid the danger he feared, he cast off the magazine, as he imagined it retarded him in the swell, which was very considerable. After the magazine had been cast off one hour, the time the internal apparatus was set to run, it blew up with great violence.
Page 329 - Incidentally the same authority states that the weight of the water displaced is equal to the weight of the submerged boat, and thus shows that he forgets that all practical diving-boats are buoyant when submerged.
Page 208 - I have no doubt but he would have found wood where he might have fixed the screw, or if the ship were sheathed with copper he might easily have pierced it ; but not being well skilled in the management of the vessel, in attempting to move to another place he lost the ship. After seeking her in vain for some time, he rowed some distance and rose to the surface of the water, but found daylight had advanced so far that he durst not renew the attempt. He says...
Page 208 - I found, agreeably to my expectations, that it required many trials to make a person of common ingenuity a skilful operator. The first I employed was very ingenious, and made himself master of the business...
Page 207 - The skilful operator could swim so low on the surface of the water as to approach very near a ship in the night without fear of being discovered, and might, if he chose, approach the stem or stern above water, with very little danger.
Page 208 - In the first essays with the submarine vessel, I took care to prove its strength to sustain the great pressure of the incumbent water, when sunk deep, before I trusted any person to descend much below the surface...
Page 354 - I'll shew you, sir. It is an automa, runs under water, With a snug nose, and has a nimble tail Made like an auger, with which tail she wriggles Betwixt the costs of a ship, and sinks it straight.

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