Thomas J. Oertling
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1996)
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All wood ships leak, a stark undeniable fact that has terrified sailors because the earliest days of ocean trip. Maritime ancient literature is full of terrible descriptions of being aboard a slowly sinking send. ranging from this human standpoint, then, Thomas J. Oertling lines the five-hundred-year evolution of a doubtless mundane yet evidently very important piece of seafaring equipment—and tells the tale of nautical innovation—in this special historical past of the send bilge pump. starting with early sixteenth-century records that recorded bilge pump layout and set up and finishing at approximately 1840, whilst bilge pumps have been being heavily produced, Oertling covers a interval of radical technological switch. He describes the method of creating lengthy wood pump tubes by means of hand, in addition to the meeting of the machine-crafted pumps that helped revolutionize send development and layout. additionally given intimately are the construction, functionality, and improvement of all 3 varieties of pumps used from approximately 1500 to good into the 19th century—the burr pump, the suction or universal pump, and the chain pump. Of additional curiosity is Oertling's total exam of the character and administration of leaks in ships' hulls. This paintings is easily illustrated, with line paintings depicting the location and use of pumps aboard the ships, early drawings exhibiting pump layout, and pictures revealing artifacts lately chanced on at shipwreck websites. Of visible curiosity to nautical archaeologists, maritime historians, and send modelers, this ebook is written in a fascinating and informative variety, rendering it simply available to laypersons and novice fans.