The Brunel Engine House
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
was born in Portsmouth on April 9th 1806. He designed many bridges,
tunnels, ships, viaducts and railways. His first major project was on
the Thames Tunnel where he worked with his father Mark Brunel. It was
nearly his last project as well, as during one serious inundation he was
very lucky to escape with his life in a catastrophe that killed six
He went on to design the Great Western Railway, Paddington Station, Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge, and three innovative steam ships, the paddle-steamer 'Great Western', the 'Great Britain', the world's first ocean going screw (propeller) driven ship and the 'Great Eastern' the largest steam vessel of the time.