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Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 361-367
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to the Directors of the Eastern Steam Navigation Company
DescriptionWritten from 18 Duke Street, Westminster, London. The letter confirms that the directors are about to select the first captain of the Eastern Steam Navigation Company's ship and emphasises the importance of the post and the selected candidate in ensuring the eventual success of the ship. Brunel comments on the general tendency of sailors to rely solely on their own skill and knowledge and fail to improve their knowledge as the standards change and disbelieve that anyone other than a sailor can possibly understand navigation which may be fatal if the directors adopt a system that the captain does not support. Brunel explains the potential extra- or under-consumption of fuel on a hypothetical voyage that could be caused by poor steering, slight variations of course or slowing or increasing speed and which, when applied to a round-the-world voyage, could serve as evidence for those critics who believed that the Eastern Steam Navigation Company's ship could never do what she set out to do, that is carry her own supply of fuel for a round-the-world voyage. Brunel proposes to give the directors the results of his various thoughts about the captaining of the voyage and hopes that the Directors will adopt his views when considering the best candidate to chose.
Date9 November 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent7 pages
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