Ref NoDM1306/11/1/1/folio 126-129
TitleLetter from Joseph Miller of the firm of Miller and Ravenhill to Isambard Kingdom Brunel
DescriptionWritten from Naples. The letter apologises that Miller's health is still too poor to allow him to discuss the great ship with Brunel in person. The letter offers his opinions as to the limitations on the engines and the need for ensuring the engines are sufficient for the amount of power that such a ship will need, based on Miller's understandings from what has been printed in various newspapers. The letter advises the use of an oscillating cylinder engine for the paddle wheels and a simple overhead cylinder engine for the screw propeller and suggests the power of engine that Miller and Ravenhill might be able to manufacture for the Eastern Steam Navigation Company. In a post-script Miller offers as an example of the firm's work the ship the Chusan which recently travelled to Sydney and back and describes the engines and the provisions that Miller made for the smooth running of the engines.
Date11 April 1853
FormatManuscript volume
Extent4 pages





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