Ref NoDM1306/11/1/1/folio 104-106
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to George Biddle Airy at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
DescriptionWritten from 18 Duke Street, London. The letter introduces Brunel's current project, to build large steamships to service a route travelling to India via the Cape of Good Hope, and requests Airy's help and advice (as Astronomer Royal) in ensuring that the ship has perfect navigation. Brunel intends to establish an observatory on board his ship to constantly determine the ship's position, course, speed, the effect of wind and current and the variation of the compasses and the state of the weather. Brunel requests Airy's help with determining what observations ought to be made, what instruments should be provided and what sort of men should be employed to work in this observatory.
Date5 October 1852
FormatManuscript volume
Extent3 pages




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