95pp., 12mo. In ruled account book stitched into red card wraps. 55 of the pages carry 'Particulars' of named are carefully written out in black ink, with the 'Particulars' of Screw Steamers. The rest of the volume consists of pages of pencil diagrams and calculations. The first ink page is headed: 'Particulars of Screw Steamers | No 51. 53. 53. 56. 57 & 65. | Elvira, Matilda, Coquette Edith &c'.
[Sail to Steam] Samuel Read (1796-1863) of Chatham Dockyard and School of Naval Architecture [Admiral Henry John Chetwynd-Talbot, Viscount Ingestrie (1803-1868); Admiral Sir Charles Adam (1780-1853)]
Chatham. 12 March 1839.
A substantial letter, 3pp., foolscap 8vo. 100 lines of text. Bifolium. In very good condition, on aged paper, with one closed along crease line neatly repaired with archival tape. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with Chatham postmark, frank, and black wax seal, to 'Viscount Ingestrie M:P. | 2 Wilton Crescent | Belgrave Square | London'. An interesting document, in which a distinguished Victorian naval architect makes detailed criticisms of an innovation in his field. (HMS Gorgon was designed by Sir William Symonds and launched in 1837.