With the American Fleet from the Atlantic to the Pacific; With Illustrations and Maps

With the American Fleet from the Atlantic to the Pacific; With Illustrations and Maps

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... a ship for sea is to see that the lifeboats are properly rigged, that the automatic life-buoys are properly charged and in working order. When a ship is under way a man is placed on watch at the life-buoys whose duty it is to drop them immediately into the sea at the first cry of "Man overboard!" A lifeboat's crewis always in attendance on a boat and ready to be called away on a moment's notice. Crews are often drilled in the exercise known as "Man overboard," and seldom does a ship go to sea without performing this among the first evolutions of drill. As soon as the alarm is given a buoy is dropped from the stern of the ship, the torch of which ignites immediately upon coming in contact with the water. If it be that a man has fallen overboard, he will have no difficulty in locating the buoy if the accident occur at night. The engines are immediately reversed to full speed astern, but before their influence has had time to be felt in the progress of the ship the lifeboats are in the water and the crews are desperately pulling toward the buoy. Frequently has the alarm of "Man overboard" been given when a ship has been under way at a speed of twelve knots an hour, when lifeboats have been lowered, life-buoys picked up, and the boats returned to their davits in six minutes from the time the alarm was first given, The fighting capacity of a man-of-warsman is not confined to the great guns or to the limits of his ship; but he is always ready for duty on shore, where he is equipped and ready to fight with the artillery or infantry. To equip the battalion for field duty is a drill which requires a remarkably short time and the equipment corresponds exactly with the equipment of the infantry branch of our own army. The...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
  • 1236562062
  • 9781236562067