Image from page 541 of “Review of reviews and world’s work” (1890)

Image from page 541 of “Review of reviews and world’s work” (1890)
Cruise Ship Reviews
Identifier: reviewofreviewsw59newy
Title: Review of reviews and world’s work
Year: 1890 (1890s)
Publisher: New York Review of Reviews Corp
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto

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goes would be forwardedby canal barge and by rail to Inverness, and toInvergordon, on Cromarty Firth, respectively.These harbors open on Moray Firth, about eightmiles apart, on the northeast coast of Scotland. Here American naval officers establishedtwo large bases, each manned by a thousandmen and together capable of preparing athousand mines a day. As it was expectedthat each mine-laying trip would occupyabout five days, it was decided that the mine-laying squadron should have a capacity ofupwards of five thousand mines. Thissquadron consisted of two old cruisers, theSan Francisco and the Baltimore, and eightmerchant ships. Each ship was equippedwith from four to six elevators for raisingthe mines rapidly to the launching deck, thusgreatly facilitating the process of planting.The squadron sailed for Scotland May 11,1918, and on the evening of June 6 the firstmine-laying cruise was begun. Captain Belknap gives us a vivid narra-tive of the unlighted vessels creeping forth, FIG 5 FIG 6

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HOW A MINE ISANCHORED AT THEDESIRED DEPTH BE-LOW THE SURFACEOF THE SEA The progress of amine after it isshown in Figures 1to 6. When a mine is dropped overboard, the mine proper (A) floats, whilethe box-hke anchor (B) slowly sinks. Inside the anchoris the mooring wire (F), which unwinds from a reel asthe anchor sinks. The real is unlatched (E) by the down-ward pull of a plummet (C) at the end of a cord (D),which is the same length as it is desired to have the minestay below the surface. The plummet, being nearly solidmetal, sinks faster than the more bulky anchor box (seeFig. 3), thus keeping the cord (D) taut. As soon as theplummet strikes bottom, however, the cord slackens andthe reel in the anchor box is locked, thus preventing anymore mooring wire from unwinding. The anchor con-tinues to sink, pulling the mine case under the wateruntil the anchor strikes bottom, as in Fig. 6. LEADING ARTICLES OF THE MONTH 539 under an escort of British destroyers,cruisers and battleships; the noct

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