Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the Fiscal Year Ending ... (Google eBook)

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1878
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Page 349 - Ores; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof...
Page 372 - Make the tail of the block fast to the lower mast, well up. If the masts are gone, then to the best place you can find. Cast off shot line, see that the rope in the block runs free, and show signal to the shore.
Page 337 - It is also the wish of the committee to render their full tribute of praise to Captain Manby, for his ingenuity in so much improving and bringing into practical use this invention, to the perfecting of which he has so zealously and skilfully devoted himself. " But the committee at the same time feel that they should not entirely discharge their duty, were they to omit observing, that the committee of the honourable House of Commons do not seem to have been informed of all the means proposed by the...
Page 17 - It should be observed that the operations of the Service during this period have been limited as follows: Season of 1871-72, to the coasts of Long Island and New Jersey; seasons of...
Page 248 - Hasps and tnriibuttous were tried on the experimental boxes; these, though safe, sometimes gave trouble in getting ready for firing when in great haste, and, the button being on the box, it was thought to give an opportunity for the line, when vibrating or whipping, to catch and be cut off.
Page 333 - November, 1-ilO. when boats endeavoured to go to their relief, and were enabled to get out of the harbour on the ebb tide, within 20 yards of the vessel; but it was found impossible to approach them nearer. Had such boats been provided with a piece of this description, and the same firmly secured on a stout piece of plank, by the holes left at each corner of the iron bed. they might have projected a small rope, coiled in a crate or basket made to the form of the bow of the boat ; and the persons...
Page 7 - June 20, 1874, and to submit to the Secretary of the Treasury, for transmission to Congress, an annual report of the expenditures of the moneys appropriated for the maintenance of the Life-Saving Service, and of the operations of said service during the year.
Page 366 - While those on shore are hauling the hawser on board the ship, it is especially necessary that the men in charge of the whip should keep the returns of the opposite end, if possible, 30 yards or more apart, and the hawser nearest to the hauling part, to prevent the hawser taking turns round the whip, which is very liable to occur even when these precautions are observed, and the wrecked crew should, if possible, ascertain before making the hawser fast that it is all clear. On this, the brigade having...
Page 371 - whip" of Manilla line, not exceeding 1J inches, rove through a single tail block. The "whip" to be made of left-handed rope, the reverse of the hawser, and the tail of the block to be at least two fathoms in length, and the sheave to be brass-bushed. The ends of the "whip" to be spliced together, so as to convert it into an endless rope.
Page 335 - Thirdly, to render the flight of the rope perfectly distinguishable to those who project it, and to the crew on board the vessel, so that they cannot fail of seeing on what part of the rigging it lodges, and consequently...

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