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Allen & I having called on the chief Engineer yesterday and finding that he had no objections to out proposals, we visited the engine-room once more & as we now had the proper authority we made a most thorough inspection of everything that was to be seen and for half-an hour or so wandered between eccentrics & cranks & pumps & steam-pipes.
We went along the main shaft tunnel, which is about 150 or more feet long and were within about 4 feet of the propeller & saw the water trickling through the propellor bearings. The shaft must be about 14 inches thick.
We next went into the stokehold and stayed there for about 15 minutes. We saw every detail of the

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