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VIBRATION OF A CRUISER.

A Press correspondent who has been to sea on board the cruiser Terrible, 14.000 tons, say3:—l have now seen her woiking at all speeds up to twenty knots. Up to eighteen knots the vibration is slight, and just over that speed at its worst. It ia then fairly high, and reminds one somewhat of the motion of a torpedo boat, and is felt most right forward and right aft. For instance, right aft the glasses were jumped out of the swing tray hanging on the captain's dining room, and right forward in the sick bay the upper swing cots had to bo lashed to prevent them jumping off the hooks on which they are suspended. In fact, I fancy fighting the ship at about nineteen knots would be difficult, for it would be very hard to keep the gun sights on an object. To visit the engine room when travelling at high speed and view the marvellous mass of mechanism is a sight to be remembered. The engine space is the best ventilated I have ever seen, and I heard nothing but praise of the behaviour of water tube boilers. The accommodation, however, is terribly cramped, and one could not help reflecting that in the event of a steam pips bursting, or an accident of that nature, the loss of life would be enormous. Working the coal from the bunkers into the boiler room is a difficult task that takes from 25 to 50 per cent, of the hands employed below, according to whether the bunkers are more or less empty. In fact, when working the coal from the reserve bunkers to the furnaces the call on the deck handa for assistance was enormously heavy. It is curious that some inventive genius has not yet devised some method of automatically feeding the coal from the bankers into the boiler room under sea conditions as is, I believe, done with land engines. After a trip through the engine room of a craft like this the fact is fully brought home to one that no class of men in the Navy earn their pj.y more hardly than do the engine room complements, both as regards officers and men. That the ship is magnificently built is evident from the way in which she withstands the ecornv us What it amount 5 ) to one can realise from the fact that the flying deck, which form 3 a gangway between poop and forecastle, and on which all the boats are carried, is made with expansion joints, so aa to allow it to work backward and forward.

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VIBRATION OF A CRUISER., Issue 10446, 16 October 1897, Supplement

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VIBRATION OF A CRUISER. Issue 10446, 16 October 1897, Supplement

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