Reports of the Late John Smeaton, F.R.S., Made on Various Occasions, in the Course of His Employment as a Civil Engineer ...

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M. Taylor, 1837 - Civil engineering
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Mr SMEAtons Examination of Mr GRUNDys Plan for a Sea Sluice for the Drainage of Holder
Operation of the foregoing Constructions
Queries c communicated by Lord CATHCART relative to a Navigation on the Forth Nov 5 1767
Answer to Five Queries concerning the Improvement of the Navigation of the River Forth from
Estimate for making a Navigation through the Valley of the River Devon from the Cambus to Mel
Memorial of the Committee of Justices for Mr SMEAton relative to Perth Bridge
Extract Minutes of the Commissioners for the Bridge over the Tay at Perth in relation to Mr John
Mr SMEAtons Observations respecting Perth Bridge
Estimate for the Works proposed to be constructed at the Harbours Mouth according to the pre
A Description of a WaterEngine with a comparative Calculation of its Abilities with the presentWork
Proposals for laying the Ships at the Quay of Bristol constantly afloat and for enlarging this Part
Awards of Messrs SMEAton and WoolER concerning Whitby Harbour 157
The Report of John SMEAton Engineer touching the Matter in Dispute between Mr Rich
The Report of John SMEAton Engineer concerning the Practicability of erecting a CornMill
Estimate of the Expense of building two Lighthouses with proper Conveniences upon the Spurn
The Report of John SMEAton Engineer concerning the State of the Lighthouses building at
Report upon the Lower Light at the Spurn Point by John SMEAtoN Engineer
The Report of John SMEAton Engineer concerning the Situation of the Mills and BleachField
The Report of Joh N SMEAtoN Engineer respecting the Loss of grinding sustained at Tottenham
The Report of John SMEAton Engineer concerning the Quantity Regulation and Distribution
Description of the Apparatus for putting in Motion and discharging any of the particular Motions
Explanation of the Design for a new NosePipe for Carron
Appendix Investigation of the Answer to Question the First
The Report of John SMEAton Engineer concerning the State of the great Arch of London b Bridge
General Description of the Passage by Way of Loch Lomond
Estimate of the Expense e
Comparative Estimate between a Canal from Forth to Clyde for Wessels of Forty Tons and
Estimate of the Expense attending the maintaining and preserving of the Canal from Forth to Clyde
The Second Report of John SMEAtoN Engineer and F R S touching the Practicability
First Estimate for a Canal from Forth to Clyde for Wessels drawing Eight Feet of Water and
Comparative View of the Expenses upon the Works of the Forth and Clyde Canal
Report of John SMEAton upon the Means of improving the Navigation of the Rivers Aire
The Report of John SMEAton Engineer upon a View of the Calder Navigation the 25th and 26th
The Report of John SMEAton Engineer upon the Plan and Projection of a Canal on the North
General Estimate for new making and completing the Navigation of the River Lea from Bow Bridge
Report of J SMEAton concerning the Repair of the Navigation Dam at Westwick Wath upon
Report of J SMEAton upon several Matters referred to his Inspection and Opinion by the Committee
Report of J SMEAton upon the Practicability of a Canal proposed from Bude Haven to the River
State of the Case on supposition of the Execution of Mr CALLs Proposition of carrying the Canal

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Page xxiv - ... an opportunity of putting the effect of these experiments into real practice, in a variety of cases, and for various purposes, so as to assure the society that he had found them to answer.
Page xxiii - Another time, he attended some men who were fixing a pump at a neighbouring village, and observing them cut off a piece of bored pipe, he procured it, and actually made with it a working pump that raised water.
Page xxvii - ... an act of parliament. No one was heard with more attention, nor had any one ever more confidence placed in his testimony. In the courts of law he had several compliments paid him from the bench by Lord Mansfield and others, for the new light which he threw on difficult subjects.
Page xxiii - He forged his iron and steel, and melted his metal ; he had tools of every sort for working in wood, ivory, and metals. He had made a lathe by which he had cut a perpetual screw in brass, a thing little known at that day, and which, I believe, was the invention of Mr.
Page xxviii - Channel, they were unavoidably, before the establishment of a lighthouse there, very dangerous, and often fatal to ships. Their situation with regard to the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic is such, that they lie open to the swells of the bay and ocean, from all the south-western points of the compass; so that all the heavy seas from the south-west quarter come uncontrolled upon the Eddystone Rocks, and break upon them with the utmost fury.
Page xxviii - ... meeting the slope of the rocks, the sea beats upon them in a frightful manner, so as not only to obstruct any work being done on the rock, or even landing upon it, when, figuratively speaking, you might go to sea in a walnut-shell. That circumstances fraught with; danger surrounding it should lead mariners to wish for a lighthouse, is not wonderful; but the danger attending the erection leads us to wonder that any one could be found hardy enough to undertake it.
Page xx - Engineering, and who might, for talents and knowledge, have been real engineers, if it had not been their good fortune to have it in their power to employ others in this profession; and also of those who are employed in other public service, where such and similar kinds of knowledge is necessary. And, the Third Class, as honorary members, also to consist of various artists, whose professions and employments are necessary and useful to, as well as connected with, civil engineering.
Page xxv - He made the river Calder navigable; a work that required great skill and judgment, owing to the very impetuous floods in that river ; he planned and attended the execution of the great canal in Scotland, for conveying the trade of the country either to the Atlantic or German Ocean; and having brought it...
Page 156 - SL knt. one of the justices of our lord the king, assigned to hold pleas before the king himself...
Page xxvii - His building the Eddystone lighthouse, were there no other monument of his fame, would establish his character. The Eddystone rocks have obtained their name from the great variety of contrary sets of the tide or current in their vicinity. They are situated nearly SSW from the middle of Plymouth Sound. Their distance from the port of Plymouth is about 14 miles.

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