Tracts Relative To The Island Of St. Helena; Written During A Residence Of Five Years

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byAlexander Beatson

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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. 1816. Excerpt: ... SECTION XXIX. Means of collecting Water on the driest Parts of the Island, and Observations on the Advantages resulting from this Practice. In the year 1809, I made an attempt to introduce the Indian mode of forming tanks, or reservoirs, by means of a mound or embankment. It seemed very practicable; but the soil not being sufficiently tenacious for retaining water, the first trial did not succeed; a second, however, was completely successful, and affords a positive demonstration of the practicability of retaining water, collected during the rains, in even the most barren and driest parts of the island. This had long been a desideratum at St. Helena; and as nothing tends more to general improvement of a country than the introduction of water in those places, capable of cultivation, which are destitute of natural supplies of this element, I shall here give an account of the successful method which has been carried into effect; and which already has rendered a considerable portion of land fit for habitation and other useful purposes; which, before the formation of the reservoir, had always been considered as barren and unprofitable. This reservoir was originally intended for the supply of the soldiers composing the garrison of Ladder Hill; who, ever since a military post was established there, had been stinted in the supply of water, on account of the laborious task allotted them of bringing it in kegs from James' Town. To relieve them from this fatigue, and to furnish an adequate supply, a tank has been formed on the south side of High Knoll, which, by means of small channels cut on this hill, as well as on the adjoining hill, called " Merrimans," will receive the whole of the rains that fall on a space of several acres. As those hills are mostly covered wi...

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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. 1816. Excerpt: ... SECTION XXIX. Means of collecting Water on the driest Parts of the Island, and Observations on the Advantages resulting from t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:118 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.25 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021729796X

ISBN - 13:9780217297967

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