Cullum, George W.
Title Description of a System of Military Bridges, with India-Rubber Pontons.
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher New York D. Appleton & Company 1849
Seller ID 974
8vo. 144pp, 5 fldg engr. plts numbered XVIII-XXII as called for in text. Recently bound in archival wraps. Papers on Practical Engineering. No. 4. ; 8vo ; The development of rubber as a versatile and durable material was a truly transatlantic affair due to the British inventor, Thomas Hancock. The book describes applications of vulcanized rubber, the providing of pontoon bridges for the Mexican War of 1846-8. Written by the military engineer in charge of building the pontoons. Gives detailed account of every aspect from the inflatable floats to the design of the nozzles and bellows, frames, lashing, mooring, anchoring devices, decking and abutments, manoeuvering equipment, tool kit, make up and carriage of pontoon trains for transportation, etc.