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Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 371-373
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to John Scott Russell
DescriptionWritten from 18 Duke Street, Westminster, London. The letter acknowledges receipt of a drawing from Russell and the specification for the screw propeller, screw shaft and thrust block but is critical that the weights and costs of the parts were not separated as Brunel requested in his previous memo. Brunel accepts Russell's tender for the screw propeller and sets out the weight of the finished propeller and the cost that will be paid to Russell. Brunel explains that he will revert to Russell about making the thrust block and pedestal and the screw shaft once he has communicated with Messers Watt & Co who are making the screw propeller engine and asks various questions about Russell's proposals including questions about the cost and the weight. The letter explains that Brunel has tired of waiting for Russell to provide him with the estimate of weights for the ship and he has instead requested Mr Jacomb make the estimates instead since, without the estimate of weights, Brunel cannot work on the paddles. Brunel reminds Russell of some calculations and dimensions that he made back in June 1854 relating to the dimensions of the paddle wheel. Brunel also fears that the deck planks have been left uncovered in the yard in bad weather and are now unfit to use which is an annoyance to him. Brunel also requests Russell have someone look over the various memoranda that Brunel has sent him and see that any orders or instructions left undone are completed.
Date1 November 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent3 pages
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