HC Deb 06 November 1884 vol 293 cc1111-2

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty, If the distance between the two screw shafts of the Agamemnon and Ajax, respectively, is 18 feet from centre to centre; if the screws are 17 feet 4 inches in diameter; if this leaves eight inches of space between the rudder and the twin screws on either side; whether this defect in construction fully accounts for the powerlessness of the rudder at rates of speed exceeding nine knots; and, whether any enlargement of the rudder is likely to remedy this evil?


The distance between the two screw shafts of the two vessels is 28 feet. The diameter of the screws is 17 feet. These corrections will show that the remaining Questions are based on a misconception of the facts.