Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Volume 37

Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Volume 37

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...the vital part of the ship is subdivided in order to make it as safe as possible; then they have these doors put in, which anybody knows are thoroughly unreliable in the case of accident, in order that an engineer (I do not know whether the chief or some of the staff) may run in and out of the boiler-room occasionally without any trouble. In Her Majesty's Service, with the trained staff they have, I should have thought that if the engineer on watch had a sufficient supply of steam, that was all he wanted, and that the occasional visit to the stokehold might be made without great inconvenience by going above the deck, and along, down to the stokehold. These are day6 of science, and we fit merchant ships with telephones, why cannot we do that to Her Majesty's ships? I would not have a single water-tight door more than was absolutely necessary, and if the doctor was not happy without them, I would let him have some extra ventilation by some other means than opening the vital parts of the ship to the inrush of water. Professor J. H. Biles (Member of Council): My Lord and Gentlemen, Mr. Martell has given us another instance of his many-sided ability. I am sure that we all regret that among his vocations he has not been able to take the position of Admiral of the Fleet. He would have been of great assistance to naval officers in arriving at the best arrangement of their ships, and what to do with regard to bulkheads. The early history of bulkheads is beyond my personal knowledge, but I have been assured by gentlemen who are in this room at the present moment--if they would only see fit to speak--that the earliest iron battleships that were built, were built without doors in the bulkheads, and that the doors were asked for in the first place by...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236908562
  • 9781236908568