The Oil Conquest of the World
by Frederick Arthur Talbot (9781408610459)

The Oil Conquest of the World
Frederick Arthur Talbot
Release Date: 01 October 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Category: World
ISBN: 9781408610459
ISBN-10: 1408610450

THE OIL CONQUEST OF THE WORLD - PREFACE - PROBABLY few of the treasures of Nature are exercising such a vast transformation upon the complex social and industrial activity of the community as oil. Comparatively speaking, it is only within the past few years that the signifi- cance of this material has become realized, because it has effected its advance so silently and unostentatiously . It is safe to assert that the average individual fails to recognize how dependent we have become upon this com- modity. It enters into every phase of our existence. Elaborate, highly technical treatises have been written upon the subject, which is of exceptional fascination, but they are beyond the understanding of the average reader. This volume has been written with the express purpose of ex- tending some enlightenment, in a popular manner, upon the issue to narrate the romance of the huge industry which has been created to relate the many ramifications of its ap- plications and to show the many conquests it has achieved. Technical details have been resolved into simple language. I have received considerable and valuable assistance in the compilation of this work, for which I am greatly in- debted. I owe my thanks particularly to Lord Cowdray and the officials of the companies in which he has an intimate interest the Standard Oil Company Mr. William F. Nye the Oil-Well Supply Company the Pumpherston Oil Com- pany, Limited Messrs. Otto Monsted, Limited and many of those enterprising engineers who face the dangers of the unknown and the trials of the unexpected in the world-wide search for oil. FREDERICK A. TALBOT. CONTENTS CnAlTIR PAGE I. THE COMING OF OIL . I 11. SEARCHING THE WORLD FOR OIL I7 111.THE WELL-DRILLER AND HIS TOOLS . 35 IV. THE OIL-BOOMERS AND OIL RUSHES. 48 V. TAPPING AND DRAWING THE OIL . 61 VI. SOME FAMOUS BIG STRIKES 74 VII. TAKING CARE OF THE CRUDE 91 VIII. PIPING THE PETROLEUM . . I02 IX. THE OIL REFINERY AND ITS EQUIPMENT . 119 X. THE OIL REFINERY AND ITS WORK . . I32 XI. WHAT WE GET FROM PETROLEUM I43 XII. OIL AS A ROAD-MAKING MATERIAL . 152 XIII. OIL FIRES AND THEIR EXTINCTION . 163 XIV. OIL FROM SHALES A BRITISH INDUSTRY I79 XV. NATURAL GAS AND ITS USES . I94 XVI. THE OIL INVASION OF THE TABLE . 208 XVII. BUTTER FROM OIL . 223 XVIII. OILS FROM FISH . . 236 XIX. METHODS OF DISTRIBUTING REFINED OILS . . 256 XX. THE COMMERCIAL USES OF OIL - 273 XXI. THE WORLDS FUTURE OILSUPPLIES . . 286 INDEX . 302 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS PACING PAGE The First Oil Well Worshipping the Eternal Fires 011 Creek, Pennsylvania, as it was in I 859 . Tools used by Colonel E. L. Drake . Drakes Monument in Woodlawn Cemetery . Frontispircr . 6 7 14 I4 Colonel E. L. Drake . I5 Old Sily Smith - 15 Hand-dug Wells in Roumania . . 22 B-rmese Winning Oil from the Earth . The Mansfield Oil-Diviner set up for Prospecting . . 22 23 Dial of the Mansfield Oil-Diviner Native Surf Boats landing Supplies . Fumping Wells on the Seashore of Peru A Modem Oil-Well Drilling Plant . Iuside the Derrick A Huge Bit for a Russian Oil-Well D illing an Oil-Well by the Rotary System . . Clcneral View of a Rotary Drilling Plant Digging a SumpJJ on a Trinidad Oil-Field . Dawing Oil from the Bed of the Sea . 23 36 - 36 37 - 37 42 43 46 - 46 47 A Glimpse of an Early Oil Boom in the United States John Benninghoff Farm during the Boom of 1865 . 56 S 57 The Shooter pouring a Charge of Nitro-Glycerine . 70 The LeinweberPlant in the Erecting Shop . 71 The Leinweber System in Use . 71 Iiow Oil is drawn from the Earth in the Caucasus . 76 Gassing 77 The Lucas Gusher in Full Blast . ...

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