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The 'Great Eastern' steamship before launching, c 1858.

The 'Great Eastern' steamship before launching, c 1858.
3 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 30cm


This famous steamship, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) and launched in 1858, 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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