Ship stabilization has been a subject of great interest to the naval architect for years and various methods have been devised and experimented with; but all of them have embodied various serious objections which have made them impracticable for use on board naval vessels.
Notwithstanding the difficulties foreseen and encountered the United States Navy has been experimenting with ship stabilizers for the past thirteen years, and this experimentation is still in progress. A short history of this subject, together with a few notes on the troubles encountered, and a brief description of the two types of apparatus lately developed and now being thoroughly tested, should be of interest to the service at large. Recognizing my own imperfect knowledge of the mathematics involved, and assuming that many of the readers will be likewise imperfectly equipped, I shall not attempt to plunge into the mathematical intricacies accompanying a thorough analysis of ship stabilization. An attempt will be made to reduce all the necessary analysis to a simple, practical form and, in the main, to make the article historical and descriptive.