HC Deb 28 April 1863 vol 170 c858

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether his attention has been directed to a pamphlet, published by Captain Cowper Coles, R.N., purporting to contain a correct statement of the comparative expense of building Iron Ships of War to carry broadside guns, and Ships of War with the same weight of mettle fitted on the Cupola system, and whether the statement therein contained is accepted by him as correct?


said, he had had the pleasure of reading Captain Coles's pamphlet, and he had found it very interesting. But he should be sorry to guarantee the correctness of any estimate of a, comparative cost of iron ships and Cupola ships. He had no doubt that Captain Coles had taken great pains in forming his estimate, but they had reason to know that no estimate of the cost of iron cased ships that had yet been made had turned out to be correct.