English seamen and divers

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byAlphonse Esquiros

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...take place at three o'clock. They were already full of merchandise between decks, and the passengers--men, women, and children--were climbing with difficulty, and step by step, up the rough rope-ladders hung along the side of the ships. The boiler fires were lighted, the funnels were smoking, the steam was hissing, and nevertheless there was yet no motion. The Laurent and the Medora were two fine screw-ships, but one would hardly fancy what an utter helplessness and inability of movement these floating masses manifest in the confined waters of the basin. What advantage do they derive from their power if they are not in a position to make use of it? It is necessary to haul them out by means of cables, which are gradually rolled round huge iron capstans by an hydraulic process. It is water, in fact, which, compressed by certain contrivances, is the principal and invisible agent of the great automatic labours executed with the help of machinery. Ships--those machines assisted by machines--are thus enabled to supplement the energy in which for the time they are deficient. But there are still several obstacles which oppose the passage of the two steamships, helped though they be by the above appliances: among other things there is a massive iron bridge, over which carriages are now rolling. There is no need for anxiety; in the docks obstacles give way, and are removed of their own accord by means of concealed mechanical combinations. The bridge turned round on one of its axes as if by magic, and left the passage free. There was now no impediment except the lock-gates, in front of which both the departing ships stopped for a short time one after another. Some friends who had gone on board to bid adieu to the passengers now descended the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...take place at three o'clock. They were already full of merchandise between decks, and the passengers--men, wome...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217470009

ISBN - 13:9780217470001

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