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Two views of the Thames Tunnel, commemorating the visit by Queen Victoria, London, 1843. At the top is a view of the Queen arriving at the tunnel entrance, and beneath is a view in the tunnel. The Thames Tunnel, connecting Wapping and Rotherhithe, was the first underwater tunnel in the world. Completed as a foot tunnel in 1843, it was converted to a railway tunnel for the East London Railway in the 1860s. Sir Marc Isambard Brunel designed the tunnel, and his son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was site engineer.
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