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Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 257-260
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to John Scott Russell
DescriptionWritten from Watcombe. The letter mentions Brunel's thoughts about the possible internal arrangements in the ship and mentions that Brunel and Claxton have been discussing the matter and have devised a plan for the crew and officer's accommodation but they may have changed the internal structure of the ship and asks for Russell's advice on his proposals, which he describes in detail. In particular, Brunel suggests incorporating an additional tunnel for the use of the stokers and supervising engineers to allow them to travel alongside the paddle wheel and to allow for the disposal of ashes without going up on deck. The letter also requests Russell prepare a drawing of the screw and screw shaft and a drawing of the paddle complete with dimensions and asks for details of the person that Russell suggested for designing the cabins since Brunel would prefer to employ him directly rather than have him employed by Russell.
Date30 September 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent4 pages
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