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APPENDIX.

"Fig. 1. Hand-harpoons with barbs have already been tried; but the whole have failed in consequence of the weakness of the joint[1]; they were of this form:

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Fig. 1.

But Captain Manby's joint of the withers is extremely ingenious, and promises the greatest possible security of which such a contrivance is susceptible.

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Fig. 2.

"Fig. 2, is a representation of the harpoon with the withers when tied together[2].

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Fig. 3.

"In Figure 3 they are expanded.

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Fig. 4.

"Figure 4 shows the barbs or withers detached.

  1. In this harpoon, the reliance for security depends entirely on the pins.
  2. On this principle the reliance for security does not depend