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Rankine states that, assuming that when a ship is swung completely round, so that her head bears exactly as it did at first, the magnetism of the ship, and that of the compass-needle return to their original condition, the following theorem is necessarily true: the mechanical power developed by the mutual action of the ship and of the compass-needle during a complete revolution of the ship is equal to zero.

Annotations in pencil throughout.

Subject: Physics / Marine engineering

Received 5 April 1853. Communicated by Col [Edward] Sabine.

Written by Rankine in Glasgow [Scotland].

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 6 of Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London [later Proceedings of the Royal Society] as 'On the application of the law of the conservation of energy to the determination of the magnetic meridian on board ship, when out of reach or out of sight of land'.

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AP/34/19
Earliest possible date
02 April 1853
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Ink and graphite pencil on paper
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12 pages
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Manuscript

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William John Macquorn Rankine

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William John Macquorn Rankine, Unpublished paper, 'On the application of the law of the conservation of energy to the determination of the magnetic meridian on board ship; when out of reach or out of sight of land' by William John Macquorn Rankine, 02 April 1853, AP/34/19, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/ap_34_19/unpublished-paper-on-the-application-of-the-law-of-the-conservation-of-energy-to-the-determination-of-the-magnetic-meridian-on-board-ship-when-out-of-reach-or-out-of-sight-of-land-by-william-john-macquorn-rankine, accessed on 25 July 2024

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