Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 298-299
TitleSteam Ship: Memorandum for my Own Guidance
DescriptionThe memorandum reminds Brunel of things to remember and include in the Eastern Steam Navigation Company's ship. Among the things Brunel reminds himself about are the need to include a wash-house and and ice house, the lamp and candle store, the spirit and inflammable stores (including the need to locate this store-room in daylight to prevent any artificial light source being taken into the room) and adding a covered smoking room, bar and lounging place on deck. Other considerations for altering the internal space and layout of the ship include having a railway built into the deck on each side to allow dinner to be carried from the kitchen to the saloons and perhaps using space on the inner side of the paddle box as a gangway down to the kitchen. Brunel also makes suggestions about the location of and access to the Captain's cabin, the shape of the chimneys, the possibility of incorporating a second tunnel to allow for communication fore and aft of the ship and to reduce the size of the ventilation shafts, making a principal entrance through one of the loading ports and ensuring that there is a good staircase somewhere in the aft of a ship. The memo also reminds Brunel to consider the ventilation and drainage, the types of observations that need to be made constantly to chart the correct position and course of the ship and the possibility of using a semaphore system as a secondary steering system, although he also describes how the primary, usual, steering system would work.
Date5-20 October 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent2 pages



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