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The Application of Electricity to Ships' Logs

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THESE are days of rapid scientific progress, and the great interest so recently excited by the application of electricity, in a new and startling way, to transmit information, has been almost eclipsed by the attention which its use for lighting and the transmission of power has attracted. Though no longer confined to signalling, yet this is still its most important use, and one for which its employment is being extended in many directions, always with the most satisfactory results. It is with the application of electricity this fleet messenger for giving a constant record of the rate of a ship, that this article is concerned. Before, however, dealing with this matter, it will be well to say a few words about logs generally.

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