HC Deb 23 November 1882 vol 274 c1922

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether the "Polyphemus" is a failure?


In reply to the brief but comprehensive inquiry of my hon. Friend, which involves a question rather of opinion than of fact, I have to say that, so far from the Polyphemus being considered a failure, the intentions of the designer have been fulfilled as regards the essential conditions of draught and stability. It has also been ascertained by trial that, with the stipulated horse-power, the estimated speed will be attained, and even exceeded. The experiment with a group of locomotive boilers has not proved so successful as was hoped; and boilers of a known and successful type are being constructed, which will, it is believed, give the stipulated horse-power.