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Patent log   /pˈætənt lɔg/   Listen
Patent log

noun
1.
A cigar-shaped log with rotary fins that measure the ship's speed.  Synonyms: screw log, taffrail log.






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"Patent log" Quotes from Famous Books



... sound you may serve it honest cuthbert said the captain impatiently and the butler broke a hole in the top crust he touched a hidden mechanism for immediately something right under me began to go tick tock tick tock tick tock what is that noise captain said the larboard mate only the patent log clicking off the knots said the butler it needs oiling again but cuthbert said the captain why are you so nervous and what means that flush upon your face that flush your honor is chicken pox said cuthbert i am subject to sudden attacks of it unhand that pie cried the ships ...
— Shandygaff • Christopher Morley

... which this relation was best determined lasted for seven hours, and was made against a strong head wind and heavy head sea. The speed of the Rattler by patent log was 4.2 knots; and at the conclusion of the trial the Alecto had the advantage by about half a mile. Owing to an accidental injury to the indicator, the power exerted by the engines of the Rattler in this trial could not be ascertained; but judging from the power exerted in other experiments ...
— A Catechism of the Steam Engine • John Bourne



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