The Distillation of Seawater on Ships in the 17th and 18th Centuries

  title={The Distillation of Seawater on Ships in the 17th and 18th Centuries},
  author={Johannes Haarhoff},
  journal={Heat Transfer Engineering},
  pages={237 - 250}
  • J. Haarhoff
  • Published 1 February 2009
  • History
  • Heat Transfer Engineering
The distillation of seawater, from our perspective, is a trivial heat transfer application. Its historical development for seaboard use, however, was a slow, arduous process, over almost two centuries before these systems were commonly embraced by the seafaring community. This slow progress is shown to result from a combination of factors—an erroneous belief that some additives had to be added to seawater before it could be properly distilled; unfamiliarity with the toxic effects of the copper… 
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