The Steam Engine and Its Inventors: A Historical Sketch

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Macmillan, 1881 - Steam-engines - 260 pages
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Page 188 - STEAM ! afar Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car; Or on wide-waving wings expanded bear The flying-chariot through the fields of air. Fair crews triumphant, leaning from above, Shall wave their fluttering kerchiefs as they move ; Or warrior-bands alarm the gaping crowd, And armies shrink beneath the shadowy cloud.
Page 188 - the rising stream He pours To clay-built cisterns, or to lead-lined towers ; Fresh through a thousand pipes the wave distils, And thirsty cities drink the exuberant rills. There the vast millstone with inebriate whirl On trembling floors His forceful fingers twirl, Whose flinty teeth the golden harvests grind, Feast without blood
Page 168 - A Description and Draught of a New-invented Machine for carrying vessels or ships out of, or into, any Harbour, Port, or River, against Wind and Tide,
Page 169 - My seventh new improvement is upon steam engines which are applied to give motion to wheel carriages for removing persons, or goods, or other matters, from place to place, in which cases the engines themselves must be portable. Therefore, for the sake of lightness, I make the outside of the boiler of wood, or of thin metal,
Page 54 - that Mr. Newcomen was as early in his invention as Mr. Savery was in his, only the latter being nearer the Court had obtained his patent before the other knew it; on which account Mr. Newcomen was glad to come in as a partner to it.
Page 81 - laborious attempts, they did make the engine work; but not being; either philosophers to understand the reasons, or mathematicians enough to calculate the powers, and to proportion the parts, very luckily by accident found what they sought for. They were at a loss about the pumps, but being so near
Page 138 - with a cock to admit the steam from the digester, or shut it off at pleasure, as well as to open a communication from the inside of the syringe to the open air by which the steam contained in the syringe might escape.
Page 70 - make steam eight or ten times stronger than common air, and then its heat was so great that it would melt common soft solder; and its strength so great as to blow open several of the joints of his machine : so that he was forced to be at the
Page 62 - of mill-works, by the impellent force of fire, which will be of great use for draining mines, serving towns with water, and for the working of all sorts of mills where they have not the benefit of water, nor constant winds;
Page 61 - that the very first time he played it, was in a potter's house at Lambeth, where though it was a small engine, yet it forced its way through the roof and struck up the tiles in a manner that surprised all the spectators.

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