The log book; or, Nautical miscellany

9781231424971: The log book; or, Nautical miscellany
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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. 1830* Excerpt: ...general could not help smiling, but again repeated his request, that they would return to their ships. Wilt this advice some complied; but others, when the general's back was turned, swore that the soldiers should not have all the fighting to themselves, but that they would come in for a share some way ot other; and actually remained in the ranks; and when a soldier dropped near any of them they put on his accoutrements, charging and firing with the rest. Timber in a Seventy-four. A seventy-four gun ship will swallow up nearly three thousand loads of oak timber: a load of oak timber contains fifty cubical feet, and a ton forty feet; so that a seventy-four gun ship takes two thousand large well-grown trees, of perhaps two tons each. The distance recommended for planting trees is thirty feet; but supposing trees to stand at the distanct of two rods (thirty-three feet) each statute acre would contain forty trees; of course the building of a seventyfour would clear the timber of fifty acres. Even supposing the trees to stand one rod apart, (a short distance for such trees) it would clear twelve acres and a half; no inconsiderable spot of ground. The complaints relative to the decrease of timber are not to be wondered at under such circumstances, and this calculation points out to landed proprietors the necessity and patriotism of continually planting more trees to supply our future wants. NAVAL BIOGRAPHY. Sir John Balchen Was born on the 2d of February, 1689, and during his youth properly instructed in the several arts necessary to form a complete seaman..At his first entrance on board the royal navy, he served several years in very inferior stations, whereby he became a thorough master of every branch of his profession. On the 25th of July, 1697, he was appoi...

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