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John Fincham A History of Naval Architecture (London, 1851) devotes quite a lot of space to the results of the various experimental sailing trials in the 1840s. For the Brigs see pages 228 to 234, and the table on 248. Although he mentions how well the Daring did in the first series of trials, he goes on to note that the Mutine suffered from various defects and problems in the trials, but she performed much better later, and that she was specifically designed for shallow draft. By contrast it seems that the Daring (which had the deepest draft of the brigs) did not excel in later trials. He commends the extensive report on the first series of trials of 1844 by Captain Corry as being conducted in accordance with his ideas, and also refers to Parliamentary Paper No. 394 (A), Session 1845, but I have not sighted either of these.