Punch,  35 (1858), 80.

What to do with the Leviathan



News-Commentary, Drollery


Steamships, Pollution, Sanitation, Public Health, Commerce, Agriculture, Controversy

    Suggests that the SS Leviathan be 'maintained as a kind of sewer-vessel, for the purification of the Metropolis'. Recommends that on filling the vessel, it should then dump its contents in the 'middle of the ocean', and then return to be filled again. Believes this plan will help the ship out of its precarious financial situation and 'effectually sink all the disputes now raging as to the best system of drainage'. Adds that means might be found for turning the rich sewage into 'profitable account for agricultural purposes'.

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