Brunel’s Ships and Boats

** Nautical Telegraph's Book of the Month for January 2019 **

Author: Helen Doe

ISBN: 978 14456 83645


Isambard Kingdom Brunel is rightly famous for the remarkable ships Great Britain and Great Eastern, but much less is known about some of the other vessels that he developed. In this title, Helen Doe sets out to provide the first book that covers all of his maritime projects in one place.


From modelling boats as a child to his youthful dreams of leading a fleet of ships, he was excited by maritime ventures. Brunel was fortunate to be part of an exciting age of maritime steam and he was the great innovator, bringing together the best of the emerging technologies. His first ship was the Great Western, a wooden paddle steamer launched in 1837, and he is well known for the Great Britain and the Great Eastern. But these are not his only vessels and here they are all revealed. From humble industrial craft, his work with the Admiralty on the first screw propelled warships to vast ocean liners, Brunel was constantly sketching out his ideas. His ships travelled the world, speeding up communications and carrying large numbers of passengers across the oceans.

This book provides an overview of all of Brunel’s vessels, small and large, from boats to ships, leisure craft to gunboats, and follows his progression as he pushed boundaries and tested new technology.




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