Ref NoDM1306/11/1/1/folio 97-100
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to John Scott Russell
DescriptionWritten from 18 Duke Street, London. The letter sets out the decisions that need to be made and the details that need to be considered now that a scheme for building a large ocean-going steam ship has been approved, beginning with deciding the size and form of the ship. Brunel sets out his belief that, given the unprecedented size of the ship they are designing, the need to stick to their presumed best course of action rather than being swayed by other opinions or ideas of economy. The letter sets out the sizes and draft that Brunel believes they need to design for and suggests ways of reaching these dimensions. Brunel also anticipates the results of some experiments that he is conducting relating to friction which he believes may influence the design or materials. The letter also comments on Brunel's belief that a ship having greater positive length rather than relative length is more stable but his feeling that this needs additional testing.
Date13 July 1852
FormatManuscript volume
Extent4 pages





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