The Life of John Ericsson, Volume 1

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Charles Scribner's sons, 1891 - Engineers - 660 pages
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Page 245 - But inequality of numbers may be compensated by invulnerability; and thus not only does economy but naval success dictate the wisdom and expediency of fighting with iron against wood, without regard to first cost.
Page 109 - I hope it is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit has been received, or to be unwilling that the Public should consider me as owing that to a Patron which Providence has enabled me to do for myself.
Page 280 - Captain Ericsson, I congratulate you upon your great success. Thousands have this day blessed you. I have heard whole crews cheer you. Every man feels that you have saved this place to the nation by furnishing us with the means to whip an iron-clad frigate that was, until our arrival, having it all her own way with our most powerful vessels.
Page 90 - William ingeniously and ingenuously remarked, that ' even if the propeller had the power of propelling a vessel, it would be found altogether useless in practice, because the power being applied in the stern it would be absolutely impossible to make the vessel steer.
Page 129 - By self-acting locks, the guns can be fired accurately at the necessary elevation, no matter what the motion of the ship may be. It is confidently believed that this small ship will be able to battle with any vessel, however large, if she is not invincible against any foe. The improvements in the art of war adopted on board the Princeton, may be productive of more important results than any thing that has occurred since the invention of gunpowder.
Page 255 - The impregnable and aggressive character of this structure will admonish the leaders of the Southern Rebellion that the batteries on the banks of their rivers will no longer present barriers to the entrance of the Union forces. The ironclad intruder will thus prove a severe monitor to those leaders.
Page 249 - All I have to say is •what the girl said when she stuck her foot into the stocking — " It strikes me there's something in it.
Page 198 - The ship after completion made a successful trip from New York to Washington and back during the winter season ; but the average speed at sea proving insufficient for commercial purposes, the owners, with regret, acceded to my proposition to remove the costly machinery, although it had proved perfect as a mechanical combination.
Page 65 - now that man can be conveyed over the surface of the planet at a speed that mocks that of the race horse ?" Looking back to that hour from the present, it cannot be doubted that the change in the physical relation of man to the planet on which he dwells which has occurred in the interval is greater than any that can be distinctly measured in any known period of historic times. Yet little could the Stephensons or their contemporaries at first foresee the nature of the service that they were destined...
Page 207 - The advent of such an engine and of the dynamo-machine must mark a new era of material progress at least equal to that produced by the introduction of steam...

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