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The Steamship 'Great Eastern' Laying the First Successful Atlantic Cable

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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The 'Great Eastern', or 'Leviathan', launched in 1858, was much larger than any previous ship and was not equalled in size for another 50 years. She had both paddle and screw propulsion and was designed to carry 4,000 passengers but she made only nine Atlantic crossings before her conversion to a cable-laying ship.

National Maritime Museum

London


Date

1865

Medium

oil on cardboard

Measurements

H 43 x W 58.5 cm

Accession number

BHC3380

Work type

Painting


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