HC Deb 17 March 1887 vol 312 cc585-7

The load draught of a ship is to be regarded as the draught at which she will float when laden with her full complement of sea stores, water, provisions, ammunition, coals, &c.

The whole quantity of coals that may be decided to be necessary for all sea-going and fighting requirements, whether carried in the bunkers or in the form of coal protection, is to be included in the full complement at the load draught, and the particulars of a design as described in the ordinary legend form, or in any other manner, are always to be given for the load draught as thus defined.

The full speed of a ship is to be estimated or obtained at measured mile, at the same draught, and the full speed at sea is to be determined by the average speed that can be maintained over a continuous run of four days at sea when the vessel is laden at her load draught at starting.

The legend forms that are used for stating these particulars should be corrected so as to distinctly indicate that they apply to the fully-laden condition of a ship.—(Board Minute, 21st September, 1886.)

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