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Records of a Family of Engineers by [Stevenson, Robert Louis]
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About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850 and died in 1894. He studied at Edinburgh University and then went on to become a novelist, poet and travel writer. RLS wrote prolifically and among his most well known works are The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Treasure Island. Darren Shan is the pen name of Darren O' Shaughnessey, as well as the main character of his bestselling series The Saga of Darren Shan. This series is also known as the Cirque du Freak series. Darren is currently writing his next series of books called the Demonata series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (1 Jun. 1995)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JQU8SY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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The first part of the book (written by RLS) is a rather slow family history. It's ironically once the famous writer gives way to the famous engineer that the story really comes alive.

The elder Stevenson was the first of a long line of lighthouse-builders and his account of the building of the Bell Rock light is a wonder of human ingenuity, determination and endurance. If you should ever think that your own job is not quite what you wished it to be, just think back to the conditions of the lighthouse builders described here.

It's a cracking read and really brings the romance and daring of great engineering to the modern reader.
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This book covers the conditions that had to be contended with and overcome by the early civil engineers of this country. Rather like driving a car for the first time where you do not yet know how much to turn the steering wheel to achieve the desired change of direction or how hard to press the brake pedal to slow or stop it, so it was with the early engineers. How high and wide should a bridge span be made to clear the highest spate? What changes to the flow of the river in spate would the new bridge make?
In the case of the Bell Rock lighthouse the fundamental questions for its design were how high would the waves be and how strong would the structure have to be to withstand them? Any underestimation would be fatal to the project and over-estimation possibly render the project either financially or practically unattainable.
Once these fundamental design decisions had been made further decisions had to be made regarding how to proceed with and the practicalities of construction. What strikes me as a Civil Engineer myself is how in the case of the Bell Rock lighthouse, so much of the total responsibility was carried by one man in comparison to today's practice.
No wonder his favourite toast on completion of the project was "To the stability of the Bell Rock lighthouse".
All of these considerations are presented by the author in the form of a story with contributions from his father's and grandfather's diaries.
A thoroughly good read.
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First half is a disjointed family history, made of a few snippets loosely laced together. Obviously in 1890 RL Stevenson didn't have the benefit of Geneology.com etc!. Perhaps that is why it is entitled "Records of" rather than "History of".
The second half is a fascinating day by day account of the building of the Lighthouse on Bell Rock, of interest to the Civil Engineer or Boater, the Rock being under water for most of the early parts of the construction.
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Slow to start but an interesting read.
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As expected and good prompt service
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hard going, but very interesting
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For library not read yet
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Good read but get lost of now and then can't get the jest of it but I sapose others might find it a good read
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