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SEE See 'The Great Eastern on the ocean', c 1859.
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'The Great Eastern on the ocean', c 1859.
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Picture Number:10415810
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Credit:Science MuseumScience & Society Picture Library
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Caption:
Illustration taken from 'Pictorial history of the Great Eastern steam-ship' (published in 1859 or 1860). The 'Great Eastern', designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and John Scott Russell for the Eastern Steam Navigation Company, was the largest vessel afloat until she was broken up in 1888. Built of iron at Millwall (London) in 1853-1858, she was 692 feet long, and had accommodation for 4000 passengers. Limitations of contemporary technology necessitated the employment of both paddle-wheels and a screw propeller. Designed for the passenger trade to Australia and the Far East, the Great Eastern made her maiden voyage, across the Atlantic, in 1860. She was not a commercial success as a liner, and later laid the cable of first transatlantic telegraph.
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In Collection of: Science & Society Picture Library
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Subject(s) > Transport > Water Transport
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Pictorial history of the Great Eastern steam-ship.
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