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Mechanical Inventions for Navigating Without Sails or Oars

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The following study looks into some of the research efforts that were carried out in Spain during the eighteenth century around the subject of naval propulsion with the aim of replacing oars and sails as a means of powering seafaring vessels. Such efforts reflect a profound interest in inventing auto‐mechanically driven vessels.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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  • The Naval Engineers Journal is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.
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