Industrial Revolution

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–1859) was a renowned 19th century engineer. His achievements include the steamships Great Western, Great Britain and Great Eastern.

Great Eastern was a huge steamship launched in 1858, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The ship was so big it wasn’t fit for purpose.

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The introduction of steam power in the 19th century revolutionised the shipping industry and made Britain a world-leader in shipbuilding.