The Old Frigate Iris with Her Freight of Cable Alongside the Great Eastern at Sheerness
The Old Frigate Iris with Her Freight of Cable Alongside the Great Eastern at Sheerness: The Cable Passed from the Hulk to the Great Eastern, 1865.
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Laying the Atlantic telegraph cable
A montage of illustrations depicting scenes concerning the laying of the Atlantic telegraph cable by Isambard Kingdom Brunelas ship aSS Great Easterna from Foilhommerum Bay, Valentia Island, western Ireland, to Heartas Content, Newfoundland, in 1866. From aThe Realm of Victoria 1837-1887a by WJ Gordon. Published c1887 to commemorate Queen Victoriaas Golden Jubilee. Publisher Perry & Co, London.
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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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