Greetings all ! While most of the world's population has too much time on their hands, that does not describe my life. Not a lot of time to ponder mysteries. I have been thinking that maybe those purpose built light ships had a copper lined hull. Expensive but not unheard of. I am aware that modern boat hulls are painted with a copper based paint to keep barnacles and other growth off the hull. These ships were placed and anchored in one desired spot for a long time and would be prone to having barnacle growth on the hulls.
If the hull below water was lined with copper plating, it would surely cause some type of reaction, ( electrolysis ) with the ions dissolved in the salt water. The iron anchor and iron chain would ground the ship and attract it's own charge of ions. The illustrations you have shown suggest a bit of iron work on the masts, ( not including the iron spheres ). I was going to make a simple drawing of this and show it to electrical engineering friends I know to get their opinion on the electrical generating capabilities. I was thinking along the lines of the Baghdad battery - two metals in an acid solution.
I then looked up salt water batteries to see if they even existed and lucked out. Who makes salt water batteries?
In 2008 Carnegie Mellon professor Jay Whitacre founded Aquion Energy and received venture funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. He won the 2015 Lemelson–MIT Prize, an award worth $500,000, for inventing the company's salt water battery.
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How many volts does a saltwater battery produce?
Hardly any unbound water molecules are present. The researchers discovered that this saline solution displays an electrochemical stability of up to 2.6 volts
–nearly twice as much as other aqueous electrolytes. The discovery could be the key to inexpensive, safe battery cells.Feb 22, 2018
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Does salt water produce electricity?
When you put salt
, the water
molecules pull the sodium and chlorine ions apart so they are floating freely. These ions are what carry electricity
with an electric
current. In short, salt water can
help to produce electricity
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Sorry for all the wasted space, I could not get my copy-pastes to be more efficient. Still more research to be done but at least there has been some work in modern times into looking at harvesting / storing electricity from salt water. Our wiser elders knew how to coax and enhance St. Elmo's Fire ?
Tesla was experimenting with ways to extract electricity out of the atmosphere at his lab in Colorado Springs. They wouldn't have named the local Colorado Springs if there was not a spring of water running through the basalt rocks. I'll look in my archives for pictures of Tesla planting light bulbs in the ground and getting them to light up. I'm not sure if I will be able to find the article but I recall reading that the Wardencliffe tower Tesla built, also went into the ground to tap into underground water.
I haven't done it but I have seen many pictures of people taking a fluorescent tube and standing under high tension wires and getting the tube to light up.
More research... put it over there with the other research !