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Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 110-112
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to Professor George Airy
DescriptionWritten from 18 Duke Street, Westminster, London. The letter hopes that Brunel will soon be able to show Airy a sample of a table or stand that will allow an observational instrument to hold perfectly steady while a ship is pitching or rolling and promises that he will soon try the experiment that Airy suggests. Brunel also asks for Airy's advice about navigation charts and mentions that he had a specific naval chart drawn up showing the lines of latitude and longitude for the area between Bristol and New York for the use of the Great Western. Brunel wonders if a similar system of charts might be useful for the Eastern Steam Navigation Company's ship and asks for Airy's opinion of the different areas that a series of charts might cover for the different legs of a journey from England to India or Australia and back.
Date28 May 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent3 pages
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