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The Diving Bell used at the Thames Tunnel

The Diving Bell used at the Thames Tunnel. 
The Diving Bell used at the Thames Tunnel.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H0104
Description: The full title of this etching by Clarkson Stanfield is 'The Diving Bell used at the Thames Tunnel after the Irruption of the Water on the 18th May 1827'. The Thames Tunnel was the first underwater tunnel in the world, and the first use of Marc Brunel's tunnelling shield. Because the tunnellers did not properly understand the geology of the area - and partly because the directors of the company had speeded up the digging against Brunel's advice - the river broke in to the works several times. The project was halted after further inundations in 1828, and did not resume until 1835. The Thames Tunnel finally opened in 1843.
Creator: Clarkson Stanfield (artist), George Cooke (engraver)
Date: 1827
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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