Kingston Valve

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kingston valve

[′kiŋ·stən ‚valv]
(naval architecture)
A sea valve so arranged that the pressure of the sea forces the valve on its seat or closes it, thus differing from most valves which are so arranged that the pressure is in the direction of opening of the valve.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Kingston Valve


(sea cock), a valve on the underwater part of the outside plating of a ship. Kingston valves, which are connected to the intake or discharge branch pipes of the ship systems (such as the systems for ballast, fire extinguishing, condenser or engine cooling, or artillery magazine flooding), are used for filling ship piping or compartments with seawater and for discharging water overboard.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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