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Image from page 4 of “Scientific American Volume 90 Number 16 (April 1904)” (1904)
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Title: Scientific American Volume 90 Number 16 (April 1904)
Year: 1904 (1900s)
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stmerely of soft-wood trees cut to lengthand split in two. These are laid withthe flat face down and a notch is adzedin each to receive the rails. The weakfeatures of this type of tie are that itpresents but small bearing surface forthe base of the rail, which quickly cutsdown into the tie, and also it is liableto rot out quicker than the square tiethat is hewed on opposite faces. Inone of our illustrations, showing thelaying of the track, the latter form oftie is used, in another the half-roundsplit tie, and the difference in stabilityand in bearing surface will be readilyappreciated by comparing these twopictures. Probably it will be found, as the warproceeds, that one of the elements ofweakness in the line, for operation pur-poses, is that the sidings are not ofsufficient length. These, however, canreadily be lengthened so as to accommo-date several trains at a time, andwith ample provision of this kind, theroad should be able to land at the seatof war a minimum of 800 troops a day

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The Depot at Kraknoiarck, Central Siberia—A Most Important Mobilizing and Forwarding Station at the Present Juncture. Showing Substantia! Character of the Buildings. with their supplies of food, ammuni-tion, etc., and it might be able by ex-cellent management and good luck inthe matter of breakdowns to place asmany as 1,200 troops a day at the front.We are informed by an eyewitness, whohas just arrived from Lake Baikal, that1,000 troops a day were being trans-ported during the latter part of Feb-ruary, and it is likely that the length-ening of the sidings that is now goingon, coupled with the experience thatis being gained, will enable Russia toplace troops at the front during thesummer months at the rate of from30,000 to 40,000 a month. »-•-• An instance of where brute strengthtriumphs with the moderii wire-draweras a wage-earning factor, as comparedwith the skill of the old-time wire-drawer, who had to make his own diesas well as draw his wire, is shown inthe case of the chamscientific-american-1904-04-16

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Voyage of the ‘Apolemia’ (6)
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Unchivalrous view
The photographer’s revenge.

Captain Gill blots out the view ahead while weighing the Apolemia‘s anchor, caught by unchivalrous on-board photographer. The weather closes in as our great voyage down the Kingsbridge Estuary is about to begin. This is Gill & Barry’s boat in Salcombe Harbour in the Kingsbridge Estuary at Salcombe, Devon (England).

The Apolemia is moored here near East Portlemouth on the opposite side of the estuary to Salcombe and a short distance east and upstream from it. Salcombe is just visible in the distance on L.

Gill (here) and Barry (not in picture) hosted this PH trip at their place in Slapton, South Devon.

The weather got wetter and windier through the day, though it wasn’t not too bad at this point while we were in the shelter of the nearby shore. But later it got really squally, and was too bad to risk getting a camera out. So I don’t have much of a photo record of the trip itself, but Gill has kindly provided some photos of her own (attributed) to supplement mine and give a better record of the trip. We went downstream past Salcombe as far as The Bar, tried to put the sails up, nearly overturned, and didn’t risk taking the boat further out into more open water, so we went about and then upstream for a bit before returning. A mighty voyage of about two hours!

We (Peregrine Harriers) meet for a few days every year, to do a mixture of walking, sightseeing, natural history and geology. In recent years we have also tried to include a boat trip, in this case in Gill & Barry’s own boat. Four of the six of us have Natural History Museum (London) connections, and we all have science backgrounds in one or more of geology, natural history and aquatic biology. We gave ourselves the name, ‘Peregrine Harriers’, to commemorate our rather pathetic attempts to identify birds of prey during our first trip (to Lundy, an island off North Devon). It’s a conflation of ‘peregrine falcon’ and ‘hen harrier’, both of which we thought we’d seen on Lundy, but could never quite agree about our identification efforts. Other people we asked at the time, told us something different again, so we were none the wiser.

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