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Brunel's Launch Ways
Proceedings of the 16th World Environmental and Water Resources Congress: Professional Development, Innovative Technology, International Perspectives, and History and Heritage (2016, West Palm Beach, FL)
  • Robert Hulse
  • J. David Rogers, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Abstract

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a builder of bridges, tunnels, steamships, steam locomotives, railways, and gas engines. He was Briton's most famous engineer, and voted second Greatest Briton (after Winston Churchill) in a BBC poll. Like Churchill, he was also the son of an American. When his massive vessel, the Great Eastern, was launched in January 1858, she was six times larger than anything else afloat, and sometimes called Leviathan or sea monster. The launch site in London is now recognized as the birthplace of modern shipping and is a scheduled ancient monument, and recently nominated as an international civil engineering landmark. Sadly, this monumental enterprise was also Brunel's last spectacular project, and the ship that killed him.

Meeting Name
16th World Environmental and Water Resources Congress: Professional Development, Innovative Technology, International Perspectives, and History and Heritage (2016: May 22-26, West Palm Beach, FL)
Department(s)
Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
  • Engines,
  • Environmental Technology,
  • Innovation,
  • Ships,
  • Steam Engines,
  • Launch Sites,
  • Scheduled Ancient Monuments,
  • Water Resources
International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
9780784479841
Document Type
Article - Conference proceedings
Document Version
Citation
File Type
text
Language(s)
English
Rights
© 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), All rights reserved.
Publication Date
5-1-2016
Disciplines
Citation Information
Robert Hulse and J. David Rogers. "Brunel's Launch Ways" Proceedings of the 16th World Environmental and Water Resources Congress: Professional Development, Innovative Technology, International Perspectives, and History and Heritage (2016, West Palm Beach, FL) (2016) p. 114 - 123
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/j-rogers/19/