§ MR. BENTINCK
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether it is the intention of the Admiralty to give speedy effect to the submission of the executive and professional officers of Her Majesty's Dockyard, Portsmouth (dated 7th March 1874, see Return, No. 346, Session 1875)—namely,—In order to form a correct judgment as to the merits of the anchor made by Mr. Martin and those on the Admiralty plan, that equivalent anchors on both patterns should be tried on the same ship and exactly under the same circumstances,so as to determine by test their relative biting-properties and holding-powers, at long and short scope of cable; and, whether the Government will accept the proposal of Mr. Trotman and subject the best of the before-named anchors to exactly the same competitive ordeal with a light "Trotman Anchor?"
§ MR. HUNT
Sir, it is not intended at present to have any such trial as that referred to by my hon. Friend. The Devastation being supplied with Martin's anchors, the Admiralty are trusting to the experience to be derived by their use in that ship to form a judgment on their merits. If any trial of anchors should take place, Trotman's will be included.