Proceedings Magazine - 1910 Vol. 36/4/136

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The military use of smokeless powder dates from 1886, at which time Vieille introduced into the French service the gelatinized gun-cotton which, with slight variations, constitutes the smokeless...



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  • The Stability of Smokeless Powder
    By Commander J. Strauss, U.S. Navy

    The military use of smokeless powder dates from 1886, at which time Vieille introduced into the French service the gelatinized gun-cotton which, with slight variations, constitutes the smokeless Powder of all countries to-day. It is true that...

  • Random Notes on a Lake Freighter
    By Rear-Admiral Caspar F. Goodrich, U. S. Navy

    For the mariner, one of the most interesting of studies is that of types of ships. From the earliest specimen of which we possess drawings or descriptions down to this day they are, after all, but means to an end.

  • An Unprecedented Rescue
    By Captain Bradley A. Fiske, U. S. Navy

    On September 20, 1906, the U. S. S. Minneapolis was off the coast of North Carolina, proceeding from Philadelphia to Havana at sixteen knots speed. We had left the Philadelphia Navy Yard two days before, with two battalions of marines and their...

  • Some Comments on Erosion and Ballistics
    By Lieut.-Commander H.E. Yarnell, U.S. Navy

    In an article on gun erosion in the PROCEEDINGS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL INSTITUTE for September, 1910, the author, Professor Alger, advances numerous reasons to prove the fallacy of the theory of the cause of gun erosion which was advanced by...

  • The Genius of Naval Warfare
    By Rene Daveluy, Commander, French Navy; Translated by Philip R. Alger, U. S. Navy






    Let us first evoke the spectacle of a single-ship combat. The...

  • A Nomogram for Compass Deviation with an Elementary Exposition of the Two Parallel Scale Nomograms
    By Prof. Guisseppi Pesci of the Royal Italian Naval Academy; Translated from the original manuscript by Lieutenant Radler de Aquino, Brazilian Navy

    §I. Among the various types of nomograms that can be constructed by means of the fertile and genial method of alined numbered points,1 the one having the greatest number of applications is, undoubtedly, that having two parallel...

  • More Light on Shipboard
    By Assistant Naval Constructor R.D. Gatewood, U.S.N.

    1. The tremendous advance accomplished in recent years on shore in the science of illumination has not been duplicated on board ship, and compared with that of a well designed office system, lighting in staterooms, crew's quarters and living...

  • Incorrect Adjustment of Rangefinders
    By Captain Bradley A. Fiske, U. S. Navy

    Judging from the published reports of target practice, much of the disagreement in opinion regarding the accuracy of range finders is due to the fact that some range finders have been adjusted on a heavenly body when it was not in the horizon.

  • A Suggestion about Charts
    By Captain Bradley A. Fiske, U. S. Navy

    The suggestion is to place on charts a number of dotted lines about 4 inches apart, parallel to the magnetic meridian, and to use circular, transparent protractors about 5 inches diameter, marked with lines NS parallel to 0°, for getting...

  • Early Voyages of American Naval Vessels to the Orient
    By Charles Oscar Paullin



    The cruise of Commodore George C. Read was the ninth in the list of cruises in the Orient made by our naval vessels in the years 1800-1840. As it is the last...

  • Concerning the Tactical Employment of Torpedo-Boats
    By Commander L. Vannutelli, Italian Navy; Translated by Lieutenant H. B. McIntosh, U. S. Navy

    The history of maritime war offers no typical cases of actions between groups of torpedo-boats and ships under way, from which to deduce tactical principles.

    To this fact, perhaps, is to be attributed the great diversity of ideas that are...

  • Discussion

    The Stability of Smokeless Powder.


    LIEUT.-COMMANDER RALPH EARLE.—Before taking up this article, I wish to preface it with a word to controvert statements made in a careful and apparently...

  • Professional Notes
    Prepared by Professor Philip R. Alger, U. S. Navy

    This complete issue of Proceedings is provided for your use in its original format only at this time.  The editorial team is currently reviewing the text version for possible errors introduced during the OCR phase of our...

  • Book Notices

    "The Campaign of Chancellorsville "—A Strategic and Tactical Study. By John Bigelow, Jr., Major U. S. Army, Retired, Author of "Mars-la- Tour and Gravelotte," "The Principles of Strategy," and '...

  • Special Notice


    A prize of two hundred dollars, with a gold medal, and a life-membership in the Institute, is offered by the Naval Institute for the best essay presented on any subject pertaining to the naval profession...

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