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Marc Isambard Brunel.

Marc Isambard Brunel.
Marc Isambard Brunel.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H4418
Description: Brunel (1769-1849) was the builder of the Rotherhithe-Wapping tunnel. In 1818 Brunel patented the tunnelling shield, a device that made it possible to tunnel under the river in greater safety. Some 25 years later, this led to the opening of the first underwater tunnel built for public use.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 19th century
Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library collection
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