On the construction of stream vessels for the India route via the Cape, 1840


Radford, W., R.N. On the Construction of the Ark, as adapted to the Naval Architecture of the Present Day on the Equipment of Vessels, and on Steam Navigation to India. John Weale, 59 High Holborn [London] 1840. small 8v0 [7½ x 4½ ins].

vi, 90pp. Original blue paper covered boards with printed title label [with obscure manuscript signature and date 1841], boards soiled and marked, minor loss of paper, upper joint and hinge partly broken and fragile, contents clean. Radford expounds the obvious virtues of faster communication between Britain and India via the Cape of good Hope and suggests vessels should be 350 feet long, 50 feet broad, 30 feet high, with a burthen of 3,190 tons. He suggests three engines of 200 horse power each, working on the same shaft.   The book was printed by Elliott of Hereford. Scarce in the original form. oct13/3


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