Ref NoDM1306/11/1/1/folio 26-32
TitleReport from a meeting of the Court of Directors of the Eastern Steam Navigation Company
DescriptionThe report records that a letter from Brunel was read to the Court of Directors and was considered so in accord with the views of the Committee of Works that it was adopted by the Court of Directors and entered into the minutes. The report is followed by the text of Brunel's letter to the committee dated 21 March 1853. Brunel's letter explains that he has done considerable calculations relating to the best size for the proposed ships and describes the various dimensions and sizes of ships that Brunel thinks possible as well as an estimate of the costs and Brunel's opinion as to the best size and most financially viable course of action. The letter also describes the potential quantities of coal, passengers and cargo that his preferred size vessel might be able to carry.
A pencil annotation at the head of the report gives a precis of the contents. Folio 28 has a long inserted passage written sideways along the margin.
Date22 March 1853
FormatManuscript volume
Extent7 pages








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