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Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 243-245
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to the Directors of the Eastern Steam Navigation Company
DescriptionWritten from 18 Duke Street, Westminster, London. The letter announces better than anticipated progress with the construction of the Eastern Steam Navigation Company's ship since the previous half-yearly meeting. The letter confirms the progress that has been made with different parts of the ship, including the laying of the decks and the fitting up of some example cabins to see how the whole vessel can be most efficiently and economically furnished. The letter also confirms that the designs for the screw and paddle have been finalised and put in hand and that the engines for both the screw propeller and paddle wheels are well advanced and that Brunel hopes to begin fitting the boilers in place. Brunel also reports on the design for the mast and rigging and promises that preparations will soon be made for the launching of the ship and that Brunel has confirmed his plans for the method of launching, which is currently well used in America, and remarks on the interest that the Eastern Steam Navigation Company's project is exciting in America. Brunel also comments on the need to have a particularly suitable commander and sets out the qualities that he thinks might be important and warns of the flood of applications that might result from the opening of applications for the post.
[See also DM162/10/12/folio 271]
Date26 September 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent3 pages
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