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The Winans Experiments In Cigar-ships

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It is doubtless fie popular impres sion, both in Baltimore and elsewhere tliat the cigar-skaped steamers wbic' Mr. Winans invented were abandone as impracticable sooq after their flrs j trial; but such is not the case. Por th past thirteen or iourteen years experi ments with these steamers havs been actively carried on in England, and voy ages have been made in them to variou parts of the world, most notably to th North and Mediterranean seas, wher they have been specially on trial. They are perfect as far as speed and exemp t;on from rolling and pitching are cou cerned, and it is probable that when they are sufficiently satisfacforyin other respecta they â– will be brought into practical use. Mr. Winans' idea was to have a big steam ferry and cross the Atlantic without regard to weather, fog or ice, with the regularity of railroad trains, making the trip in snmmer or wiutor in less than six days. An immense steamer was to be constrncted, one-half larger than the Great Eastera- 1,200 feet long - the pioneer in this new advaneement j of navigation. Mr. Winans had perfeel ! confidence in the stonn-defying qualities of his steamers, and, in replying to questions concerning those qualifications, used to say that they could stanc any weatlier that had ever been made yet, without regard to hurricanes anc cyclones, though he supposed such could be made especially for their destruction. On account of the immense size of these intended steamers, there was to be a special port of entry in each - Baltimore Sun.


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