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America on the Sea

After Finding that Wooden Ships and Sail Could Not Compete with Iron Ships and Steam, American Shipbuilding Progressed Slowly Until the Turn of the Century Brought in the Practical Use of Fuel Oil and the Development of Better Engines...

By Harry Botsford

Plastics Take to Water

Conventional Materials and Methods of Boat Building Are Yielding to the Newer Plastics. Advantages Offered in Boats Big and Small Include Resistance to Corrosion and Fungi, Easy Workability, and High Strengths...

By Charles A. Breskin

Export Packaging Is Different

Attention to Important Details Assures that Instruments, Machinery, and so on, Will Reach Their Destinations Undamaged, Mechanically or by Corrosion. Product Protection for Many Items is More Necessary Today than Ever Before...

By Edwin Laird Cady

Ship Welding Wins

Despite Early Troubles, Welding Techniques Have Advanced to a Point Where they Will be Used in Many New Designs. Locked-up Welding Stresses, Usually Caused by Incorrect Procedures, Can Exert Explosive Rupturing Force...

By Fred P. Peters

Electronics Afloat

Radio Adds to Safety at Sea in Many Ways. Radio Buoys Mark Channels; Radar is in the Offing, Radio-Telephones Help to Conquer Weather Hazards, Automatic Alarms Pick Up Distress Signals and Warn of Fire...

By Keith Henney and John Markus

Oil for Ships' Turbines

When Turbines Go to Sea, Lubrication Requirements are Complicated as Compared With Turbines on Land. Water Becomes a Major Problem by Intensifying Such Undesirable Features as Rust and Emulsification of the Lubricant...

By Wesley D. Archer

To Europe by Air

With the Post-War Era Now Upon Us, Americans Will Want to Go to See What is Left of Europe. To Many the Ocean Steamer is Too Slow But the Plans of the Big Transatlantic Airplane Companies Will Enable Anyone to Take a Vacation in Europe at a Surprisingly Small Cost...

By Alexander Klemin

Water—A Marine Problem!

Design of Boilers for Ships of the Future May be Radically Affected by Present and Continuing Work of Chemists on Methods of Boiler Water Treatment. Proper Steaming Conditions Can Be Maintained Only if the Chemical Balance of the Boiler Water is Suited to the Installation...

By D. H. Killeffer and A. C. Purdy

Motor Cars Tomorrow

Rear-Engine Vehicles are Possibilities, but Most of the Radical Changes in Motor Cars are Still in the "Air Brush" Stage. Inroads of Foreign Cars are not Feared, and a New Drive is on to Popularize Small Cars...

By Leslie Peat

Atomic Bombs

Power of Devastation Lies in Disruption of the Atom by Methods Not Yet Completely Revealed. However, Research Progress, Reported Before the Entry of the United States into the War, Indicated the Paths Along Which Intensive Work Has Been Done Both Here and Abroad EDITOR'S NOTE: Admittedly, world security prevents publication of detailed information on the atomic bomb which rocked Japan early in August, and likewise rocked the scientific warld and the warld af the man an the street to its very foundations...

By A. P. Peck

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  • 50 Years Ago, October 1945

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    Our Book Corner, October 1945

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    Previews of the Industrial Horizon, October 1945

  • New Products and Processes, October 1945

  • Current Bulletin Briefs, October 1945

  • Telescoptics, October 1945

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