One of the greatest

Posted by Tory Historian Friday, April 09, 2010 , , ,

Today is the birthday of one of the greatest of the great British inventors: Isambard Kingdom Brunel. By a strange coincidence, yesterday was the anniversary of the launch of the Great Western, Brunel's transatlantic ship. It left Avonmouth on April 8, 1838 and "with 600 long tons (610,000 kg) of coal, cargo and seven passengers on board. Brunel himself missed this initial crossing, having been injured during a fire that took place aboard the ship as she was returning from fitting out in London. The crossing of the Atlantic took 15 days and five hours, and the ship arrived at her destination with 200 long tons (200,000 kg) of coal still remaining, demonstrating that Brunel's calculations were correct."


  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. I find this blog fascinating, but being a pedant, I have to correct something.

    The imperials ton (2240 lbs) is about 1016 Grammes, so those figures in Kilogrammes are wrong.

  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. 1016 kilogrammes! Oh, irony of ironies, all is irony.

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