Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash, 1859.
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Plate taken fom the 'Illustrated London News'. This bridge was designed by the famed British engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859). Brunel left school in 1822 to work for his father Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849) on the construction of the Thames Tunnel. He later became the chief engineer of the Great Western Railway (1833-1858) and designed many bridges and viaducts, including the Royal Albert Bridge and the Clifton Suspension Bridge at Bristol. Brunel designed the 'Great Western' (1838), the first steamship to cros the Atlantic, the 'Great Britain', the first ocean screw-steamer and the 'Great Eastern', the largest ship ever built before 1899.