United States Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 21

United States Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 21

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...annunciators are as ornamental as they are doubtless costly--but, too often, the vital organs in the bilge and bunkers are out of order. Why should they replace that human vigilance which is the essential condition of safety? Would a captain be cleared of the charge of negligence if he lost his ship through failure of an electric alarm? The writer has dwelt upon the drainage maze of pipes even less censuringly than he might. After what he has said it will be impossible in the future to repeat the errors of the past. The auxiliaries should either be operated without steam, or they should be abolished rather than lead steam pipes through living spaces--I had almost written outside the engine and boiler compartments. Personally, I see no reason why all really vital to the ship's proper functions, should not be electrically driven. The electric motor is now in daily use on tram cars and under conditions which make shipboard employment a laboratory experiment in comparison. The ventilation of our ships as at present designed is fraught with danger in the event of the sticking of the automatic valve and the consequent free passage of water from one water-tight compartment to another. I was told by Mr. Cramp that the air ducts for the New York covered one of his docks and stopped much yard work until gotten out of the way, and in their place on board where they took up the room of 300 tons of coal. I am not original in suggesting independent electrical ventilating fans at such points, and such only, where they are indispensable, discharging directly upwards through tubes that pierce no bulkhead. While this suggestion appears to involve a departure from simplicity, I think, upon study, it will be found to be within the author's limitations. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 370 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 658g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236952847
  • 9781236952844