Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 274-276
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to John Scott Russell
DescriptionWritten from 18 Duke Street, Westminster, London. The letter criticises the drawing that Russell sent Brunel of the paddle box and sponson beams which were not as detailed as Brunel wished them to be and certainly not capable of being used as the basis for construction and does not include the details of dimensions and the thickness of the plates. Brunel explains that he wishes the side of the ship to get as much light as possible and therefore would prefer the paddle box to be as open as possible and offers his suggestions for this. Russell also requests detailed drawings of the screw and stern framing and paddles and describes what he wants and what elements the drawings should include. Brunel explains that he has been authorised to draw up a contract with Russell for the building of some additional elements of the ship but he needs detailed drawings first to set the terms of the contract and reminds Russell again of the need to have the weights of the ship. There are sketches on Folios 274 and 275 demonstrating some of Brunel's ideas.
Date3 October 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent3 pages




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