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Baling Machine

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BALING MACHINE. A ma chine for raising water from the hold of ships. When, from the pumps being rendered useless by an accident, or from the extent of a leak, the water gains upon the pumps, the method usually resorted to for getting rid of it, is to bale it out at the several hatchways, by means of canvas buckets ; but from the difficulty of filling and raising the buckets, from the heavy rolling of the vessel, the most painful and long continued exertions prove in sufficient to save a ship from foun dering. An apparatus, of great simplicity of construction, and faci lity of application, for the purpose of baling, has been invented by Mr. J. Dennett, of the Isle of Wight, which will, no doubt, be found a powerful auxiliary to a ship's pumps in cases of danger. The annexed figure is a perspective view of this machine. a and b are part of the hatchways of the upper and lower decks ; o c is a long rebated slide, in an inclined position, reaching from a little above the coamings of the upper deck, to the ballast in the hold ; e is a square bucket, made to slide on the rebate c c; its bottom is a flap valve, so that when it slides down into the water, it opens, and the bucket fills instantly, and closes, upon being drawn up full of water, without any attention on the part of the work men. The upper portion f of the rebate of the long slide is made detached, and is

fixed in its place by the on which it turns as on an axis. The bucket is shown discharging the water on the upper deck ; and when the rope h i k is let go, the bucket falls down, rights itself, and the upper of the slide falling with it, and joining the lower part, the bucket runs down the whole of the slide into the water, is instantly filled, and drawn up again by pulling the parts i k of the rope, the part k passing through a leading block m on the deck. A pin is fixed on the to of the rebate, so that when the bucket rises up, and is only in the loose portion f, it is stopped by the pin ; and the loose portion f, by farther pulling, rises out of its place, and upsets the bucket. To prevent the bucket being raised higher than is necessary to discharge the water, a knot is worked in the rope, which forms a stop against the block 1. The block 1 is made fast to a yard arm, and the upper end of the rope k is secured to the same, or elsewhere, with just length enough to let the bucket reach the bottom of the slide.