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The Life of John Ericsson, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) downloadPDF, EPUB, MOBI

The Life of John Ericsson, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) downloadPDF, EPUB, MOBI

The Life of John Ericsson, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint). William Conant Church

The Life of John Ericsson, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint)
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Author: William Conant Church
Page Count: 378 pages
Published Date: 27 Sep 2015
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Country: United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781331927563
File Name: The.Life.of.John.Ericsson,.Vol..2.(Classic.Reprint).pdf
Download Link: The Life of John Ericsson, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from The Life of John Ericsson, Vol. 2 "You cannot imagine," wrote Mr. Winslow, January 10, 1862, "the intense and almost agonizing anxiety of all the heads, from the President down, to have one boat to use, and when I told them that she would be afloat and ready for use within one hundred working days of date of contract, they raised their hands in amazement and gratitude. I assure you the energy and despatch exhibited in the construction of this battery is unequalled (or unheard of) by any contracts made by the Government in any of its departments, and will give us a position and influence with the Government in any future contracts that will be almost controlling, and if the battery comes up to what we have promised, I tell you in all sincerity that other plans and other contractors will be nowhere. Our 'prestige' will be hard for others to overcome." The chiefs of the Bureaux of Construction and Steam Engineering were not disposed to permit all the honors to accrue to a man outside of the charmed circle of official life, and they made strenuous efforts to secure the adoption of projects of their own, and steadily antagonized those of Ericsson. They could do no more than to embarrass the Assistant Secretary, and the Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, in carrying out their plans concerning Ericsson, by stirring up the doubts which not unnaturally arose as to his ability to accomplish all he had undertaken. The bill appropriating ten millions of dollars for armored vessels became a law. By it the question of determining the choice of plans was left to the decision of the Secretary of the Navy. This meant practically Assistant-Secretary Fox, upon whose judgment and patriotism Secretary Welles justly placed the greatest reliance. That noble old sea-dog, Commodore Smith, in spite of his sailor disposition to grumble and criticise, had firm faith in Ericsson personally, and in his vessel more than in any other iron-clad. He does not appear to have had unlimited faith in armored vessels at the best, but he seemed convinced, at least, that - to quote a phrase from Abraham Lincoln - "for those who liked that sort of thing," Ericsson's Monitor was "just the sort of thing they would like." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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