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The Scientific American Boy

Or, The Camp at Willow Clump Island

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Author: A. Russell Bond
Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,179 / 178 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.8
LoC Categories: TT, PZ
Downloads: 1,159
Added to site: 2010.03.17 27032

sail to the mast. Tie strings of tape were also sewed at the corners, as shown in the illustration, and then a trip was made to the garden in search of suitable spars. A smooth bean pole of about the right weight served for the mast, and another stick with a crotch at one end served as the boom or cross-spar. The spars were cut to proper length, and the sail was then tied on, as illustrated, with the crotch of the cross-spar fitted against and tied to the center of the mast. A light rope, long enough to provide plenty of slack, was tied to the ends of the mast to assist in guiding the sail when in use. In the meantime I had procured another sheet from one of our neighbors, and Bill helped me make a sail for myself. It was not until long after dark that we finished our work.


The next day we tried the sails and it didn't take me very long to learn how to steer the device. The wind had changed again and this time blew up the canal. We took the line of least resistance, and went

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Bruce W Miller

Revealing glimpse into lifestyles past, an opportunity to touch 1800's Americana in a personal way. A window on great grandfather's boyhood. Living history. earlier industrial age thinking exposed. A time not long gone by. Much more factual and realistic than Tom Sawyer. The cornerstones of now diminishing American driven ingenuity. Science and engineering in facinating simplicity. A time lost to crass and over stimulated capitalistic greed. Thought driven by pineering conditions - Greater than you think. bwm



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