Notes On Sea-coast Defence; Consisting Of Sea-coast Fortification, The Fifteen-inch Gun, And…

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byJohn Gross Barnard

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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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...au moyen de canons d'un enorme calibre, et d'autres ap"pareils qui ecraseraient infailliblement les plus solides vaisseanx blindes, "frappfis a bout portant." (" The entrance to the port of Brest has been "hitherto defended by 270 guns, which would assuredly have sunk the ene"my bold enough to attempt to force the passage. It can be still better "defended by means of cannon of enormous calibre, and other contrivances, "which would infallibly crush the strongest iron-clad vessels at point-blank "range.") (The italics are mine.) "breaching distance, our earth or stone forts," and to have their "laugh " at them, we do not try to fundi holes in them; we wish to stave in the whole The writer of the articles already referred to in Blackwood's Magazine thinks that "before another twelvemonth every sensible person in this "country will see the folly of erecting forts of stone or earth for iron-clad "vessels to laugh at." Not so fast, my dear sir. Festina lente is yet a good maxim, as well in forming conclusions as in substituting new methods and constructions for old. Do the best you can to make your floating structure shot-proof, and they cannot endure the protracted battering which they must endure if they would "engage at breaching distance" a properly-built and properly-armed stone or earthen fort. The subject will be referred to in what I propose to say about casemate embrasures. Admitting, for the sake of argument, however, that there is any reason for believing that wellbuilt masonry batteries may be breached by guns in iron-clad vessels, it is easy to turn the balance the other way by resorting to the same means for procuring...

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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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...au moyen de canons d'un enorme calibre, et d'autres ap"pareils qui ecraseraient infailliblement les plus solide...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217520219

ISBN - 13:9780217520218

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