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camber

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1 The athwartships curve of a ship's deck, usually giving a fall towards the sides of a quarter of an inch (6.35 mm) to each foot (30.5 cm). 2 A small ...

Docks and Slips

Docks and Slips   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Military History
Length:
2,365 words
Illustration(s):
5

...or at the bow of the vessel at the last stage of the launching, when bow pressures may become very high. This means that the calculations for the exact slope must be made before the assembly of the ship on the slipway. Sliding ways are usually straight or sometimes with camber. Cranes and scaffolding are completely different. Before launching, the assembled weight of a ship on the berth is transferred from the keel blocks to the launching way, which consists of a standing way and a cradle on which the ship moves. A suitable lubricant between the two...

engineering, military

engineering, military   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Military History

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004

...in the case of enemy works, demolished by ordinary sappers and pioneers , who are required to possess only basic field engineering skills. The simplest form of road in field engineering consists of two parallel ditches with the excavated spoil heaped between them to produce a cambered way. An alternative type, widely used in wooded swampy areas, is the corduroy road, made by felling trees to clear a path, splitting the trunks, and laying them transversely to form a corrugated roadway. More permanent roads, built by military engineers for strategic purposes,...

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