Launching gear used for 'Great Eastern', 1857.
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actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

Launching gear used for 'Great Eastern', 1857.

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Plate reproduced from Illustrated London News (Vol 57/2 p 489). This famous steamship, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), was the largest vesel afloat until she was broken up in 1888. Brunel had proposed to the Eastern Steam Navigation Company the construction of a steamship five or six times the size of any then in use, with two forms of power: paddle-wheels and screw-engines.

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