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Giant origami boat launched on Southwark boating lake

Boat on the lake Image copyright Mike Buck
Image caption Engineer Morwenna Wilson, who is a direct descendent of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, captained the maiden voyage

A giant origami boat captained by a descendent of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel has been launched on a lake in south London.

Almost 100 metres of paper were used to create the 12ft (3.7m) long boat - which can carry one person at a time.

The boat was launched by school children on Southwark Park boating lake.

Engineer Morwenna Wilson, 32, who is a direct descendent of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, captained the maiden voyage.

Image copyright Mike Buck
Image caption Pupils from Tottenham University Technology College helped with the launch

Ms Wilson, the great, great, great, great, great granddaughter of Brunel, said: "Engineering runs in my family and I really want to show young people that this career can open doors to amazing opportunities and adventures."

Brunel designed the 19th Century long-distance passenger ship the SS Great Britain - which was built out of iron.

The paper boat, designed by a group of engineers, was launched to promote The Big Bang Fair - a celebration of science and technology for young people which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 11-14 March.

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