Richard Tangye with the 'Great Eastern', c 1850s.
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Richard Tangye seen here with the Great Eastern, the first ship to lay a permanent transatlantic telegraph cable (in 1866). Brunel designed the 'Great Western' in 1838, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The Great Eastern, designed in collaboration with John Scott Russell (1808- 1882), was the largest vessel afloat until 1899. In 1833, he was appointed the engineer for the Great Western Railway, for which he constructed all the tunnels, viaducts and bridges.