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Trial of a French Submarine Boat.

The first of a aeries of experiments with the much-talked-of Goubert torpedo boat has taken place (says the "Chronicle" correspondent) in Cherbourg harbor Representatives from the Ministry of Marine, and from French and foreign newspapers were present. There were two seamen upon the boat which slowly but surely sank at the exact spot previously fixed upon. After some pretimary manoeuvres r the boat stopped before five ordinary torpedo boats placed side by" side, in the Commercial Dock. It then passed under them and rose to the surface. This first submersion just lasted three-quarters of an hour. The second series of experiments, took place in the presence of a large and enthusiastic ' crowd. Five buoys were floating in different parts of the Commercial Dock. A Corrigan screw was then flung out from the end of a raft, when the Goubert sank, cutting the cable of the first buoy and engaging the screw. Then changing its direction, the Goubert made the other buoys, and successfully cut the lines of each one. After cutting the second cable the two men composing the crew sent out from the boat an empty egg capable of containing a despatch. Some of the cables were cut while the Gouberb was making full speed, Before rising to the surface, the crew placed a floating buoy, weighing two English hundredweight, under the raft. The experiment con- j eluded with the raising of the screw, which had been fixed in position by a bar of iron parallel to its axis. The second experiment lasted two hours, the crowd at its conclusion giving hearty cheers for the invention

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Trial of a French Submarine Boat., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2448, 23 June 1890

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Trial of a French Submarine Boat. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2448, 23 June 1890

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