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A fascinating book, thanks for the link.


I was interested to note that in the Foreword Edward Reed refers to the writings of John Scott Russell as a source. This got memories moving in the back of my head - so I dug out my copy of L.T.C. Rolt's biography of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Rolt is a great champion of Brunel's and attributes to Scott Russell many of the problems related to Great Eastern build and in particular the boiler explosion that ended the ship's chances of being an ocean liner.


It is interesting that at least two of Brunel's three steel ships are mentioned in this work, but I could find no mention of the man himself. Instead innovative features are credited to Scott Russell.


That there was great animosity between Brunel and Scott Russell is without doubt. Whether one or other was the total "bad guy" is open to debate. What is certain is that Brunel had a habit of upsetting those in power (the bureaucracy as he saw them) which may explain his omission from this document!

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