|Description||Written from 18 Duke Street, London. The letter attempts to explain where Burke's theory about the necessary costs involved in building the ship are wrong and tries to explain how the costs of a shipbuilding project might be divided up, particularly where initial costs (for example for machinery, scaffolding, ropes and labour etc) might be less for subsequent vessels and how these considerations might apply to the Eastern Steam Navigation Company. Brunel particularly mentions the costs of John Scott Russell building a dock attached to his shipyard and the relative value to the Eastern Steam Navigation Company of having John Scott Russell's yard in London versus having their own yard and dock in Milford Haven. |
See also DM162/10/12/folio 256.