Cartoon showing posible uses of the Great Eastern steam ship, 1858.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
'A Suggestion: The Leviathan, what to do with her now you've got her off'. Lithograph by E Walker after W Phillips, published by Ackermann, satirising the wires of the Great Eastern steam ship, also known as The Leviathan. The Great Eastern steam ship was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) in collaboration with John Scott Rusell (1808-1882) and was launched in 1858, becoming the first steamship to cros the Atlantic Ocean. In 1866 it also became the first ship to lay a permanent transatlantic telegraph cable. This illustration shows the ship decorated with various banners advertising services such as a casino, a cattle show and a riding school. Above the ship float two balloons named 'The Brunel' and 'The Scott Rusell' respectively.