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The Great Eastern under weight.

The Great Eastern under weight.
The Great Eastern under weight.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PX8288
Description: The full title of this print - one of a set - was 'The 'Great Eastern' under weight July 23rd (escort and other ships introduced being the 'Terrible', the 'Sphinx' the 'Hawk' & the 'Caroline')'. The 19,000-tonner Great Eastern was six times larger than any ship ever built, and had to be launched sideways. The reason why the Great Eastern was so extremely large was that she was built for the run from Europe to Australia. While earlier steamers had to refuel in almost every harbour they passed, the Great Eastern was designed to make the entire trip without refuelling until she reached Calcutta.
Creator: R. Dudley (artist): T. Picker (engraver): Day & son (engraver)
Date: 19th Century
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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