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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 605 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ROPY PLAN MIOSNIP SECTION. on the British shores. Many vessels are cast every year on the rocky parts of the coasts, under cliffs, where no life-boat could be of service. In such places the rocket alone is available. The rocket apparatus consists of five principal parts, viz. the rocket, the rocket-line, the whip, the hawser and the sling life-buoy. The mode of working it is as follows. A rocket, having a light line attached to it, is fired over the wreck. By means of this line the wrecked crew haul out the whip, which is a double or endless line, rove through a block with a tail attached to it. The tail-block, having been detached from the rocket-line, is fastened to a mast, or other portion of the wreck, high above the water. By means of the whip the rescuers haul off the hawser, to which is hung the travel-ling or sling life-buoy. When one end of the hawser has been made fast to the mast, about 18 in. above the whip, and its other end
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