Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Standard Name: Brunel, Isambard Kingdom
Used Form: Isambard K. Brunel
8 April 1838
The Great Western, the first steamship built especially for transatlantic crossings, left Bristol for New York.
26 July 1845
The Great Britain, the first propeller-driven steam liner to cross the Atlantic, left Liverpool for New York.
18 August 1846
The Gauge Act standardized the width of British rail lines at four feet eight and a half inches.