Reports of the Late John Smeaton, F.R.S., Made on Various Occasions, in the Course of His Employment as a Civil Engineer ...

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Page 97 - that no motion communicated from the reciprocating beam of a fire engine can ever act perfectly equal and steady in producing a circular motion, like the regular efflux of water in turning a waterwheel.
Page 343 - All our honours are now in the dust! It cannot now be said that in the course of thirty years' practice, and engaged in some of the most difficult enterprises, not one of Smeaton's works has failed! Hexham Bridge is a melancholy instance to the contrary.
Page 97 - ... and much of the good effect of a water-mill is well known to depend upon the motion communicated to the mill-stones being perfectly equal and smooth, as the least tremor or agitation takes off from the complete performance. "Secondly, all the fire-engines that I have seen are liable to stoppages, and that so suddenly, that in making a single stroke the machine is capable of passing from almost full power and motion to a total cessation...
Page 344 - There is, however, one consolation that attends this great misfortune, and that is, that I cannot see that anybody is really to blame, or that anybody is blamed ; as we all did our best, according to what appeared ; and all the experience I have gained is, not to attempt to build a bridge upon a gravel bottom in a river subject to such violent rapidity.
Page 219 - ... for two men at a time to work under it. But it was peculiar to this machine that the men therein were supplied with a constant influx of fresh air, without any attention of theirs; that necessary article being amply supplied by a forcing Air Pump, in a boat, upon the water's surface.
Page 254 - ... appropriated for and to the uses and purposes before mentioned, and for the necessary purposes relative thereto, and no other, freed and discharged of and from all claim, right, and title whatsoever of his Majesty " &c., subject only to the yearly rent of 5s.
Page 377 - ... then this obligation to be null and void, otherwise to remain in full force and effect...
Page 97 - I have fully and duly considered the business, and find that in point of quantity to be consumed for raising a power sufficient to do this business, . . . there will be no material difference; but in point of convenience and good effect in the practical part, it appears to me that the difference will be very considerable, for, in the first place, I apprehend that no motion communicated from the reciprocating beam of a fire engine can ever act perfectly steady and equal in producing a circular motion,...
Page 344 - Thus the same engineer who had founded a lighthouse far out at sea, so firmly as to bid defiance to the utmost fury of the waves, was baffled by an inland stream. " The news came to me," he says, " like a thunderbolt, as it was a stroke I least expected, and even yet can scarcely form a practical belief as to its reality. There is, however, one consolation that attends this great misfortune, and that is, that I cannot see that anybody is really to blame, or that anybody is blamed ; as we all did...
Page 34 - Report concerning the Drainage of the North Level of the Fens, and the Outfall of the Wisbeach River.

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