Ps 'Great Eastern', 1853.
2 5 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 17cm

Ps 'Great Eastern', 1853.

Rusell, J Scott (John Scott)

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Detail from a watercolour drawing by John Scott Rusell, scale 1:96. 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 technology necesitated the employment of both paddle-wheels and a screw propeller. Designed for the pasenger trade to Australia and the Far East the Great Eastern made her maiden voyage, acros the Atlantic, in 1860. She was not a succes as a liner, but between 1865 and 1873, did valuable work laying submarine cables, including the first transatlantic telegraph.
 

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