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is determined by the disposition of hull material and fittings, machinery, coal and all other movable weights, the position of which is necessarily fixed by other considerations than those of stability; but the height of the meta centre above the centre of buoyancy varies approximately as the cube of the breadth, and any desired value of GM is readily obtained by a suitable modification in the beam. The meta centric height in various typical classes of ships at “ normal load " is as follows 1ciass of ship. (QM in Ft that in which the meta centric height is a minimum. The change in the position of the centre of gravity can be readily determined from an account of the weights removed, added or shifted; and the height of the meta centre is obtained by calculating its position at a number of water lines, and drawing a curve of heights of meta centre above keel on a base of the draught of water. The results are conveniently embodied in the form of a meta centric diagram; the curves of height of meta centres and vertical positions


First class battleship and cruiser . . Second and third class cruiser and scout Torpedo boat destroyer . First class torpedo boat . Steam picket hual ni launch River gunboat (shallow draught) Large mail and passenger steamer Cargo steamer Sailing ship Tug . K stws 2 to3 1%to2§ 1 8 8 5 1 2 to 1% lol# to2o tO2 to2 to6 Ap roximate 1% to 2% The meta centric height adopted in steamships is governed principally by the following considerations:- (a) It should be sufficiently large to provide such a position of G as will give ample stability at considerable angles of inclination and sufficient range. (b) Where ample stability at large angles is obtained by other means, the stability at small angles, which is entirely due to the meta centric height, should be sufficient to prevent forces due to C ° c .9 C °'. 9 3; o f ga 5. 47 -or . Tw

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