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The 'Great Eastern' as a passenger liner
|Isambard Kingdom Brunel and steamships|
The Great Eastern
Although the design of the Great Eastern was brilliant, in some ways the story of the ship is a sad one. Brunel's mighty vessel was considered a commercial failure as a passenger ship. After a brief period as a cable-laying ship she ended her career as a floating billboard before being scrapped in 1888.
The Great Western
Her first trip to New York took just 15 days. This was a great success since a one-way trip on a ship with sails would have taken more than a month. She eventually completed 45 Atlantic voyages to New York for her owners, The Great Western Steamship Company.
The Great Britain
The Great Britain therefore became the first screw-driven iron ship to cross the Atlantic. Displacing nearly 1930 tons when it was launched, the Great Britain was the largest ship afloat.
The Great Eastern was the third of Brunel's huge shipbuilding projects.
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