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Frank Scott
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The extract from Captain J.C.B. (‘Bracewinch’) Jarvis’ 1897 pamphlet ‘Wrinkles & Suggestions for Sailing Vessels’ should be of interest.
The Donkey
No large vessel ought to be without a steam especially if she can be sailed with fewer hands than is required to work the anchors, or if she trades to ports where it is possible to work the cargo with the crew. In the Californian ports of San Diego and San Pedro a few years ago vessels with donkeys worked their own cargoes, but vessels without steam had generally to pay 50 cents per ton for stevedoring (equivalent to $130.00 in 2022).
The donkey is often condemned owing to its being neglected at sea. When owners find large accounts for repairs, the donkey is unshipped.
On board a well-manned, well-found ship, most of the repairs necessary to keep a donkey in order may be done by the crew, and the expense or upkeep is then trifling. The writer has seen a faulty Galloway tube replaced without cost to the ship, the makers of the boiler having supplied the new tube (tapered thermic syphon water-tube for a Lancashire boiler).

NB: I have inserted some notes which are in italics.