'The Great Eastern', 1859.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

'The Great Eastern', 1859.

Dutton, T G

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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Lithograph by T G Dutton. This famous steamship, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) for the Eastern Steam Navigation Company, was the largest vesel 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 pasengers. Limitations of contemporary technology necesitated the employment of both paddle-wheels and a screw propeller. Designed with the pasenger trade to Australia and the Far East in mind, the Great Eastern made her maiden voyage, acros the Atlantic, in 1860. She was not a commercial succes as a liner, but between 1865 and 1873, did valuable work laying submarine cables, including the first transatlantic telegraph link.
 

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