Burt, Peter, fl1813 - 1818 (nautical instrument maker)
Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:
Informing Burt that the Admiralty had been instructed to conduct a comparative trial of his sounding instrument and that of Edward Massey.
Printed sheet providing instructions on how to use Burt's Sounding Buoy and Knipper.
Copy of a letter from the Admiralty Office to Sir John Barrow [Second Secretary of the Admiralty] containing an extract from the proceedings of the Board of Longitude, requesting that the Admiralty arrange a comparative trial of the sounding instruments of Peter Burt and Edward Massey.
Letter to Captain Thomas Hurd from Mr Davis of the Navy Office recommending Peter Burt's invention of a Sounding Buoy and Knipper.
Requesting that his invention of the Buoy and Knipper be examined by the Board of Longitude, along with reports received from Commanders in the Navy and Merchant Service.
Requesting 'for the fourth time' that his invention of the Sounding Buoy and Knipper be considered by the Board of Longitude.
Enquiring whether the Board had made a decision on his Sounding Buoy and Knipper.
Concerning a patent for his sounding instrument.
Enquiring as to which reports on his sounding instrument had been laid before the Board.
Acknowledging receipt of a letter from the Board of Longitude stating that they considered his sounding instrument worthy of encouragement, and requesting compensation for his invention.
Requesting that the Board inform him of any reward due for his invention of a sounding instrument. Burt stresses that he is a poor man and that he had sent his petition to the Board three years previous, in the hope of receiving pecuniary compensation for what was considered a very useful invention.
Stating that at a previous meeting Hurd had suggested that he would receive a greater award than (Edward) Massey for his invention of a sounding instrument. Burt points out that Massey had received compensation of £200 and £500, and expresses his desire that the Board consider this when making its decision.
Requesting the return of his papers from Mr Pond. Burt states his intention to send a petition to the House of Commons, due to his dissatisfaction with the Board's decision on his invention.
Stating that the papers returned to him were missing two documents and mistakenly included some papers belonging to another individual.
Requesting permission to present the results of trials of his Sounding Buoy and Knipper.
Originally enclosing testimonials on the utility of his Sounding Buoy and Knipper. Burt states that he had no patent for the sounding instrument, and requests a reward for its invention.
Letter from James Lash, a Master in the Royal Navy, to John Wilson Croker reporting on his trials of the sounding instruments of both Edward Massey and Peter Burt. Lash reports that both machines gave true soundings, but Burt's machine broke within a few days.
Internal note regarding the Board's decision to conduct comparative trials of the sounding instruments of Peter Burt and Edward Massey.
- London 17