Plans of SS 'Harbinger', 1851.
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Side elevation, sections and plan. Line drawing, part with colour wash. One of 58 engineering drawings in the Maudraw collection contained in the Science Museum's archives showing ships whose engines and boilers were manufactured by Maudslay & Sons or Maudslay, Sons & Field between c 1818 and c 1855. The 'Harbinger', a screw steamer, was the first vessel to be built of iron for the Admiralty, under the name HMS 'Recruit', and was constructed by Ditchburn and Mare of Blackwall in 1846. Before her trials in 1851, she was purchased for the East Indian and Cape mail service, and renamed.