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Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 389-392
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to John Scott Russell
DescriptionWritten from 18 Duke Street, Westminster, London. The letter returns to Russell the drawings of his proposal for the construction of the stern of the ship and the attachment of bearings and offers Brunel's comments on the design and proposed construction methods and his alternative suggestions and corrections. Brunel also wishes that Russell had shown him a working drawing with the correct details as Brunel has seen in previous projects but which Russell has told him is not part of Russell's way of working. Brunel understands that Russell has not yet worked out the details of how the rudder post and keel are to be constructed and mentions how he would have preferred it to have been done. Brunel also explains that he does not wish to determine the details of the paddles until he has the complete weight of the ship from which the paddle wheel's immersion can be worked out and asks for a statement of Russell's views on the amount of time needed to complete the ship and the amount of the monthly payments that will need to be made so that Brunel can put them before the Directors of the Eastern Steam Navigation Company.
Date8 November 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent4 pages
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