isambard brunel

I would have liked to have been an engineer of the Victorian era

I fell in love with engineering (and the Victorian era) thanks to my hero, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He was daring, determined and resourceful. During riots in Bristol, he became a volunteer constable and ran the Mayor’s silverware to safety across the rooftops.

When he had to convince his workers that it was perfectly safe to cross the Avon Gorge in a basket suspended from a rope, he took the first ride.

He was incredible and I love him.

This is the man that I wanted to be, but (unfortunately) this era has a thing called Health and Safety. It prevents engineers from having any fun at work.


SS Great Eastern was an iron sailing steam ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

She was by far the largest ship ever built at the time of her 1858 launch, and had the capacity to carry 4,000 passengers from England to Australia without refuelling.

Displacement: 32,160 tons
Length: 692 ft (211 m)
Beam: 82 ft (25 m)

She had sail, paddle and screw propulsion. The paddle-wheels were 17 m (56 ft) in diameter and the four-bladed screw-propeller was 7.3 m (24 ft) across. The power came from four steam engines for the paddles and an additional engine for the propeller. Total power was estimated at 6 MW (8,000 hp).

Laid down: 1 May 1854
Launched: 31 January 1858
Fate: Scrapped 1889–90

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  • Ancestry: very boring, english through and through, except for the welsh and cornish but what difference is that anyway. a million years ago i had like a incredibly small piece of french in me.  i can say i have some interesting ancestors, one by blood is William Turner, he’s my cousin 6 times removed or something. Isambard Kingdom Brunel is another one I think, but that is by marriage. Also apparently there was a knight in the early medieval era who either murdered or got murdered, and some monks wrote some thing about it i dunno.
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The Great eastern before it’s launch and sail to New York

The Great Eastern was the work of Isambard Brunel to make vessels that were powerful and luxurious enough to transport passengers to and From Britain and America. His work on the Great Eastern proved to be ultimately flawed as paddled vessels were to be replaced by propelled ships.

Cable laying role

The conversion work for Great Eastern’s new role consisted in the removal of funnel no. 4 and some boilers as well as great parts of the passenger rooms and saloons to give way for open top tanks for taking up the coiled cable. Under Sir James Anderson she laid 4,200 kilometres (2,600 mi) of the 1865 transatlantic telegraph cable. Under Captains Anderson and then Robert Halpin, from 1866 to 1878 the ship laid over 48,000 kilometres (30,000 mi) of submarine telegraph cable including from Brest, France to Saint Pierre and Miquelon in 1869, and from Aden to Bombay in 1869 and 1870. The ship was painted white for the trip to Bombay in an effort to reflect heat