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Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 86-89
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to John Scott Russell
DescriptionWritten from 18 Duke Street, Westminster, London. The expresses Brunel's opinions on the importance of riveting, his dissatisfaction with the results of some experimental riveting work that has been taking place at the Millwall shipyard and his feelings that it is possible to achieve a better quality of riveting. The letter describes Brunel's feelings as to the purpose of a rivet: initially to draw two plates together until they adhere and subsequently to hold steady to prevent the plates sliding. The letter describes how a rivet should fit and how it should be treated to fulfil these objectives as well as how these ideas should be implemented in the work on the Eastern Steam Navigation Company's ship and suggests changes that should be made to the shape of the rivets used and to how the workmen go about the task.
The letter is illustrated with sketches on Folios 87 and 89 demonstrating Brunel's ideas.
Date14 May 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent4 pages
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