PS 'Great Western', 1838.
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Lithograph by Joseph Walter (1783-1856), published on 21 May 1840 by Thomas Freebody, Hull, Ackerman & Co, 96 Strand, and Robert Bent, Paternoster Row, London. It shows the paddle steamer 'Great Western' on her maiden voyage from Bristol to New York in 1838. The 'Great Western' was launched in 1837 for the Great Western Steamship Company as the first of three steamships designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859). Accommodating 300 pasengers and crew, she was the second steamship to sail acros the Atlantic, arriving in New York a day after the PS 'Sirius', and made a total of 64 transatlantic crosings in all.