Prof. Andrew Lambert, Dept of War Studies, Kings College London gave a lecture on Brunel, Scott Russell and the Great Eastern on Monday this week, to the Surrey Industrial History Group’s first lecture of its 2018/19 Industrial Archaeology Lectures.
Prof Lambert’s lecture focussed on the competing ego’s of the SS Great Eastern designer, IK Brunel, and its ship builder John Scott Russell. I have to admit knowing nothing of John Scott Russell, thinking only of Brunel in relation to the SS Great Eastern.
I am glad we listened to Prof Lambert give credit to the shipbuilding expertise of Scott Russell, and am pleased we learned about a Victorian pioneer of whom we knew little.
In the photo below, (From left to right) John Scott Russell, Henry Wakefield, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, at the launch of the SS ‘Great Eastern’.