Congressional Edition Volume . 2087

Congressional Edition Volume . 2087

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...acquire without delay the torpedo best adapted to naval attack and defense without reference to the country in which it might be found. Inquiry show ed that twenty-live torpedoes was t lie least number that could be purchased, and also that the working drawings and a set of launching apparatus would be included in the delivery. Having acquired this limited number and the drawings, it was the intention to go on openly and honorably and manufailure more in our country until we should have enough of this type for the needs of the service. If Congress should desire to make the use of this money contingent upon the fulfillment by the torpedoes of certain conditions before a board of officers, there eould be no possible objection urged, as what we desire, to attain is efficiency. With regard to the fast torpedo launch, for t he purchase of which '."0,000 is asked, it must be remembered that this boat was to serve as an exhibit and model of the most advanced type fioin which similar boats could tic built in thix country. Certain firms abroad have had nil the practice in building such boats, and the only opportunity to acquire skill therein. In concluding this part of the subject, the bureau begs to remark that in torpedo development we should begin at the most advanced point reached by those nations which have (under the pressure of necessity) devoted their money and best talent to the production of what they consider the most efficient form of torpedo: we should do this, ton, without the slightest regard to the geographical point from which the weapon may have originally come. The appropriation, as it passed the House, is burdened with a large item ($50,000), for the benefit of Mr. Asa Weeks. It is not appareut upon what considerations the...show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236748077
  • 9781236748072