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It has ever been a great desideratum to obtain some means of preserving Timber, Sails, Cordage, Cotton, and Woollen from. Dry Rot, Mildew, Moth, and the destructive influence of the elements. Sir William Burnett, Physician-General of the Navy, whose attention in the course of his public duty had been long drawn to the various, but hitherto ineffectual means resorted to for the preservation of the Ships, Sails, and Cordage of the Royal Navy, at length happily discovered a compound, which unites every object sought for by the most sanguine. This discovery he has submitted, as well to the strongest individual and comparative tests by scientific gentlemen, as to the severest trials under his own personal inspection, and the result leaves no doubt of its being adequate to all the desired purposes.
The immense importance of the discovery is too obvious to require being dwelt upon here ; but, of the Chemical preparation now placed before the Public, it may certainly (upon full proof) be stated, that it will protect and preserve Timber, Cordage, Canvas, Cotton, Woollen, and similar substances, from Dry Rot, Mildew, Moth, and the elements of decay, whether arising from damp, want of atmospheric circulation, or exposure to weather and sea-water, against the
influence of the latter of which, it is believed, that no other specific has been yet discovered.
Experiments, the most trying in their nature, have been invariably followed by results the most satisfactory and conclusive. Specimens of prepared and unprepared Timber, and also of Canvas, Cordage, and Woollen Cloth have been subjected to the severe tests of the Fungus Pit at Woolwich Dock-yard, and of other suitable places, for various periods, under official superintendence; gnd, upon after-inspection, the •prepared were found unaffected, whilst the unprepared were in a state of decay.
As regards Timber, Cordage, Canvas, and Woollen Cloth pre-dared with this Compound, the trials which these articles have undergone, most incontestibly prove the superiority of this process over any other in use, and establish the fact, that salt-water, so
far from hastening the decay of articles prepared under this process, or from neutralizing its effects, has, on the contrary, the quality of increasing its efficacy; a
property which cannot fail to ensure encouragement commensurate with its vast importance to the Maritime Interests of the Country; whilst its general adaption for use Ashore and Afloat, must command the patronage both of the Landed and Maritime Interests, and ultimately lead to universal adoption.
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