The Life of Robert Fulton Volume 3

The Life of Robert Fulton Volume 3

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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. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ...of their regret for the loss of a citizen whose talents would have been so valuable, not only in the execution of this. great national work, but in every thing which is connected with the progress of the arts in our country. The commencement of hostilities between the United States and Great Britain, gave new activity to Mr. Fulton's thoughts on sub marine warfare. The power of his machines, the officers of the British navy had learned from what he had done in England: and it is certain that they approached our shores with no little caution. This was manifested by their solicitude to know where Fulton was, and what he was about, whenever they had an opportunity of making inquiries; by the respectful distance at which they generally kept their ships from our shores, and the precautions they took whenever they approached them. On these accounts there was no opportunity of doing any thing with torpedoes during the war. Several partial and ineffectual attempts upon the enemy's vessels were made by different enterprising individuals. It is very possible that the dread of what might be done by Mr. Fulton, who they knew was a resident of this city, and had here been trying experiments with submarine explosions, determined the British to direct their hostilities to other parts of the United States rather than to this port. But Mr. Fulton's plan for submarine warfare met with no countenance from the government. He had not been able to inspire the executive officers with any confidence in them. The unfavourable opinion of some of our gallant naval commanders, was calculated to have great influence against any reliance on Mr. Fulton's machines. No system was arranged for preparing or employing them: attempts which were made, were conducted by persons who...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236627199
  • 9781236627193