HC Deb 10 August 1909 vol 9 cc381-2W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, in view of the way the bulkheads in engine rooms and boiler rooms of His Majesty's ships suffer from continual damp and contaminated bilge water, whether the Board are in the habit of testing these compartments to ensure that the bulkheads will not give way if the ship suffers an accident from collision, grounding, or explosion?


Engine and boiler-room bulkheads are frequently surveyed, and due care is taken to maintain their neces- sary strength. They are not water tested, except when first built, as this is unnecessary.