Lifeboats on Great Eastern steamship, c 1859.
4 0 c m
 
37cm
actual image size: 29cm x 32cm

Lifeboats on Great Eastern steamship, c 1859.

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Description

Photograph used to produce a wood engraving published in the 'Illustrated Times' on 17 September 1859. This famous steamship, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) 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 with the passenger trade to Australia and the Far East in mind, the Great Eastern made her maiden voyage, across the Atlantic, in 1860.
 

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10439306
 

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