A New Rig For Ships And Other Vessels; Combining Economy, Safety And Convenience

Paperback | July 5, 2012

byRobert Bennet Forbes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ... CORRESPONDENCE. The Following, Referred To On Page 23, Explains Itself. LIGHTNING CONDUCTORS FOR THE PROTECTION OF SHIPS. To the Editor of the Boston Daily Advertiser. Deak Sib,--I have the pleasure to hand you herewith a letter signed by Sir W. S. Harris, the inventor of the conductors adopted in all the ships of her Britannic Majesty. It is the more necessary to give publicity to this communication, for the reason that several modifications of his plan have been suggested, and in several cases adopted, in this country, and which he considers not only of doubtful utility, but actually inviting the electric fluid to the interior of ships, without effectually carrying off the shock. I have a more detailed communication from Mr. Harris, in reply to an inquiry as to whether he would recommend his conductors to be let into the masts, as now done in the British navy, as far down as the truss-band, thence by tubes or plates running down the aftershrouds to the side of the ship as far down as the copper sheathing, of which modification of his original plan he himself speaks in his work, edited by Parker. In answer to that inquiry, he writes:--"I quite agree with you, that, if we could avoid all interference with the ship's hull, it would be a great point gained. Any kind of conductor, however, led along the rigging, is not so secure as a fixed conductor: besides, it interferes with the great principle I have been contending for, that is, bringing the whole mass of the vessel into a completely conducting state. Supposing we did lead (as I proposed in 1830) fixed conductors to the lower mast-heads, and then by the after-shrouds, over the side of the ship, I do not feel satisfied that would be secure in all cases, although I believe it would be generally...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ... CORRESPONDENCE. The Following, Referred To On Page 23, Explains Itself. LIGHTNING CONDUCTORS FOR THE PROTECTION OF SHI...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217673953

ISBN - 13:9780217673952

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