Club Night Talk: The SS Great Eastern
Robert Hulse will talk on Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s magnificent ship the SS Great Eastern. Launched on the Isle of Dogs, it was the biggest ship in the world and was launched sideways. Six times bigger than anything else afloat, carrying enough coal to steam from England to Australia and back again without refuelling, Brunel’s ship was the first modern ocean liner, and the first floating visitor attraction and fairground. It was also the first bulk carrier, the first double hull and the ship that laid the first three trans Atlantic cables.
As the Director of The Brunel Museum located in the original Thames Tunnel engine house at Rotherhithe, Robert is an expert on Brunel and his achievements. He is also co-author (with the Institution of Civil Engineers) of two books, The Brunel’s’ Tunnel and Brunel’s Great Eastern. Robert has worked in education and museums for over 30 years. He has taught in universities in the UK and worldwide, and has recently returned from a second lecture tour of America.
Robert was awarded Freedom of the City, bestowing two privileges: he is permitted access to any of the river-steps of the Thames and may drive sheep across London Bridge.
Followed by a club supper.