The Dark Side of Steam Travel

When the Great Britain launched in 1843, the steam ship was called “the greatest experiment since the creation.” It was hailed as a revolutionary step forward in technology. But that step forward helped launch the British Empire into a dark chapter in their history and the price for progress was paid in blood.

September 15th, 1859 – RIP Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel . . . the English mechanical and civil engineer who is considered “one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history,” “one of the 19th century engineering giants”, and “one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, [who] changed the face of the English landscape with his groundbreaking designs and ingenious constructions . . […]

July 19th, 1843 – The Launch of the SS Great Britain

SS Great Britain is a museum ship and former passenger steamship, which was advanced for her time. She was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854. She was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company‘s transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. While other ships had been […]

May 4th, 1859 – The Final Bridge of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

The Royal Albert Bridge is a railway bridge which spans the River Tamar in England between Plymouth, Devon and Saltash, Cornwall bank. Its unique design consists of two 455 feet (138.7 m) lenticular iron trusses 100 feet (30.5 m) above the water, with conventional plate-girder approach spans. This gives it a total length of 2,187.5 feet (666.8 m). […]

A New Transatlantic Telegraph Cable – July 13th, 1866

Once upon a time, in the early 19th century, it used to take ten days for a message from the United States to reach Europe, and then came the Internet . . . well, not quite yet, but close to a century before the Web came the Transatlantic telegraph cable! The first was laid across the […]

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