Brunel was a British engineer, and designed a number of railway bridges, some of which, I believe, still stand. He also designed three ships: The Great Western
, the Great Britain
, and the Great Eastern
. The Great Britain
was the first vessel to combine all the components of a modern liner - metal hull, steam drive, propellor propulsion. She has been restored and now stands as a museum
The Great Eastern
was the largest ship built, and held that record for nearly fifty years, until the Lusitania
took that honour in 1906. Nearly 700 feet long, and equiped with both sail and steam (propellor and paddlewheel) even so, she was underpowered. Designed for the India trade route, the opening of the Suez Canal rendered her unneeded for that route, and she was sent to served on the transatlantic route. The U.S. Civil War cut passenger travel to and from the U.S. shortly after her completion, reducing her economic viability. She was also plagued with problems, blamed on the ghost of a riveter who had been sealed up inside her double-walled hull when she was built. She was converted from passenger service to a cable-laying ship, and lay several transatlantic cables as well as cables to India. She ended her career as a floating billboard in a British Harbour, before being broken up in 1888.
His railway bridges include the Royal Albert Gorge Bridge near Plymouth, the Maidenhead Railway Bridge in Birkshire, The Clifton Suspension Bridge across the Avon Gorge in Bristol, and the Hungerford Bridge.
It's amazing, the things we can post about while waiting for Dai Bread to return to the board....