HC Deb 29 May 1866 vol 183 c1437

said, he wished to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether it is true, as reported, that the Bellerophon, with only six guns on board out of her complement of fourteen, was eighteen inches below her proper and estimated draught of water?


Sir, it is not correct that the Bellerophon upon a recent trial without her full complement of guns was eighteen inches below her estimated draught of water. On -the contrary, the trial in question showed that, with the rest of her armament on board, she will probably be within half an inch of her mean estimated draught of water.