SS Great Eastern
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's steamship the 'Great Eastern' was launched on 31st January 1858 and broken up in 1888. (Photo by James Valentine/Getty Images)
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SS 'Great Eastern', 1859. Artist: Unknown
SS 'Great Eastern', 1859. Pictured at the port of Le Havre, France. Isambard Kingdom Brunel proposed to the Eastern Steam Navigation Company the construction of a steamship five or six times the size of any then in use. It would use two forms of power: paddle-wheels and screw-engines. Constructed from iron at Millwall, London, between 1853 and 1858, the Great Eastern was the largest vessel afloat until she was broken up in 1888. Only in 1899 were her dimensions exceeded by the SS 'Oceanic'. The Great Eastern was not a success as a passenger vessel and was sold for a fraction of her building cost. She was used as a cable-laying ship, most notably laying the Transatlantic telegraph cable in 1865-1866.
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'The 'Great Eastern', 1860: The Vessel leaving Southampton on her First Voyage, June 17', (1901)
'The 'Great Eastern', 1860: The Vessel leaving Southampton on her First Voyage, June 17', (1901). The 'SS Great Eastern' was an iron sailing steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel with John Scott Russell, the largest vessel afloat until she was broken up in 1888. Following earlier unsuccessful attempts, the 'Great Eastern' successfully laid a transatlantic communications cable across the Atlantic in 1866. The use of cable to relay telegraph messages reduced communication times from the length of a sea voyage to a few seconds. From "The Illustrated London News Record of the Glorious Reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901: The Life and Accession of King Edward VII. and the Life of Queen Alexandra". [London, 1901]
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