Ocean Steamships: A Popular Account of Their Construction, Development, Management and Appliances

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Page 18 - A, may be introduced a wheel with inclined Fans, or Wings, similar to the fly of a smoke-jack, or the vertical sails of a windmill...
Page 7 - As to the project, however, which was announced in the.- newspapers of making the voyage directly from New York to Liverpool, it was, he had no hesitation in saying, perfectly chimerical, and they might as well talk of making a voyage from New York or Liverpool to the moon.
Page 109 - ... in reserve; and these to be carried in a vessel less than 600 feet in length. Even if it were possible to carry this number of men in such a vessel, by no conceivable means could their power be utilised so as to impart to it a speed of twenty knots an hour.
Page 6 - ... at each extremity of each boat, so that she can be steered with either end foremost : her machinery is calculated for the addition of an engine which will discharge an immense column of water, which it is intended to throw upon the decks and through the port-holes of an enemy and thereby deluge her armament and ammunition.
Page 114 - What may be the ultimate fate of this excitement — whether or not the expenses of equipment and fuel will admit of the employment of these vessels in the ordinary packet service — we cannot pretend to form an opinion...
Page 10 - ... his suggestion was the formation of the steamship company and the laying down at Bristol of their first ship, the Great Western (see pages 517 and 518). She was of unprecedented size, determined on by Brunei as being necessary for the requisite power and coal-carrying capacity. The following were her principal dimensions : Length over all, 236 ft. ; length between perpendiculars, 212 ft. ; length of keel, 205 ft. ; breadth, 35 ft. 4 in. ; depth of hold, 23 ft. 2 in. ; draught of water, 16 ft....
Page 6 - Macedonian, boat contains the caldrons of copper to prepare her steam. The vast cylinder of iron, with its piston, levers, and wheels, occupies a part of its fellow ; the great water-wheel revolves in the space between them ; the main or gun-deck supporting her armament is protected by a bulwark four feet ten inches thick, of solid timber.
Page 118 - By no means the least important feature of their enterprise, by which it differed from previous ventures, and by which it secured a fighting chance for prosperity, was an arrangement with the British Government for carrying the mails. The first mail contract covered a period of seven years at 60,000 annually. This service was monthly in the beginning, afterward fortnightly, and the points touched were Liverpool, Halifax, and Boston. Eventually, with increased subventions from the Government, a...
Page 252 - Every nation is interested in the extension of its ocean freight-carrying business. The welfare of the farmer, the artisan, and the merchant is interwoven with that of men who live on the sea. Commerce and the industries go hand in hand, and the magnificent showing that the former makes is only an indication of the prosperity of the latter. No more apt illustration of the growth of the American nation in the last quarter of a century can be pointed out than the development of her ocean traffic.

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