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Life-Boats, Projectiles and Other Means for Saving Life
Robert Bennet Forbes
No preview available - 2019
air-cases anchor apparatus attached ballast beach block boat bottom called Captain carry charge coast coming Committee consider considerable consists cork cost crew danger deck difficulty double easily effect experience extra buoyancy fact feet fire fitted floats give given gunwale hammock hand hauled head heavy Humane inches increase iron keel keep land launch less letter life-boat light lives loss lost means miles minutes mortar named nearly necessary oars officers passengers persons powder practical present pull question raft recommend regard remarks rocket rope round running safety sail saving seen ship shore short shot side space speed stations steam steamers steering stern sufficient surf thwarts trial turned vessels weather weight wind wreck yards
Page 64 - I constantly watched the ship; her topsails were either close reefed or on the lap, her foresail was close up, the mainsail having been furled at 5.30 pm, but I could not see any fore and aft set. She was heeling over a good deal to starboard, with the wind on her port side. Her red bow light was all this time clearly seen. Some minutes after I again looked for her light, but it was thick with rain, and the light was no longer visible. The squalls of wind and rain were very heavy, and the ' Lord...
Page 64 - At 2.15 am (the 7th) the gale had somewhat subsided, and the wind went round to the north-west, but without any squall ; in fact, the weather moderated, the heavy bank of clouds had passed off to the eastward, and the stars came out clear and bright ; the moon, which had given considerable light, was setting; no large ship was seen near us where the ' Captain' had been last observed, although the lights of some were visible at a distance.
Page 1 - Suitableness for beaching 4 Room for, and power of, carrying passengers 3 Moderate weight for transport along shore 3 Protection from injury to the bottom 3 Ballast, as iron 1, water 2, cork 3 3 Access to stem or stern...
Page 65 - Ayincourt, to the south-west ; Monarch, south ; Warrior, SES ; Inconstant, SE; Hercules, SSE; Northumberland, east ; Bristol, NE ; Bellerophon, to the north by east; Minotaur also went NE These vessels proceeded about ten to eleven miles, but nothing was seen of the missing ship. The greater part of the ships were recalled and .formed in line abreast, and steered at three or four cables apart to the south-east looking for any wreck. The Monarch first picked up a topgallant-yard of the Captain, the...
Page 3 - ... cable tiers, and on each side, and for some distance before and abaft, the tier is filled in with cork, in water-tight cases. Eight delivering tubes, of six inches diameter, are carried through the decks of each boat, which are closed by Well's self-acting valves. Above the decks, air-cases extend along the sides up to the level of the thwarts, and in the ends of the boats, air-cases rise to the height of the gunwale ; which latter, in conjunction with an iron keel, give what is called the "self-righting
Page 64 - open order' was made, and at once answered ; and at 1.15 am she was on the 'Lord Warden's' lee quarter, about six points abaft of the beam.
Page 53 - Having briefly described the various arms in use in France for casting lines, it becomes necessary to go a little into detail as to the means of attaching the lines, which without due knowledge and practice of the system, will be quite useless. The wooden...
Page 63 - At eight and ten pm the ships were in station, and there was no indication of a heavy gale, although it looked cloudy to the westward. At eleven the breeze began to freshen with rain. Towards midnight " the barometer had fallen and the wind increased, which rendered it necessary to reef, but before one am the gale had set in at southwest ; our square sails were furled. At the time the Captain was astern of this ship, apparently closing under steam. The signal
Page 61 - I will say that in my judgm'. they are good, so far as they go; but they do not go far enough if intended as a basis of a political organization separate from existing parties.
Page 64 - ... the heavy bank of clouds had passed off to the eastward, and the stars came out clear and bright; the moon, which had given considerable light, was setting. No large ship was seen near us where the Captain had been last observed, although the lights of some were visible at a distance. When the day broke, the squadron was somewhat scattered, and only ten ships instead of eleven could be discerned, the Captain being the missing one.